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|Created by||Jonathan Taylor|
|Directed by||Donald Bull
|Theme music composer||Ozzy Osbourne
|Opening theme||"Crazy Train"
performed by Pat Boone
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||R. Greg Johnston
Lois Clark Curren
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||iCandy TV
Big Head Productions
|Original run||March 5, 2002– March 21, 2005|
The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The series premiered on MTV on March 5, 2002, and in its first season, was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The final episode of the series aired March 21, 2005. The theme song is Ozzy's 1980 single Crazy Train performed by Pat Boone.
In addition to metal musician Ozzy, the show features his wife and manager Sharon, his son Jack, his daughter Kelly, and, from the second season on, his adopted "son" Rob. The Osbournes have another daughter, Aimee, who refused to participate in the show, and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred. The series also followed the family as they dealt with major events such as Sharon's battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy.
Concurrent with the success of the series, Kelly Osbourne launched a brief career as a singer, while Sharon Osbourne hosted The Sharon Osbourne Show. The family also parodied their TV series during a cameo appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Ozzy confirmed in an interview on BBC Radio 2 in May 2009 that he was "stoned during the entire filming of The Osbournes" and will not watch the episodes for this reason.
Profanity was censored during MTV broadcasts of the series in the United States. In an interview Ozzy himself stated that while he was happy that the Canadian broadcasts were uncensored, he preferred the censored version because the cursing was more noticeable due to the bleeps. The Canadian broadcasts on CTV and UK broadcasts on MTV and Channel 4 are uncensored. Some episodes were also aired uncensored to Australian audiences when shown on Network Ten. It is broadcast uncensored on MTV Australia.
Later, from November 30 to December 1, 2007, items belonging to the Osbournes and featured in the show were auctioned off to the public. The two-day event listed memorabilia as well as furnishings of the home. Bidders could bid through the Auction Network.
After filming 
In 2009, the Osbournes reunited for the debut of their new variety show Osbournes Reloaded for the Fox network. Produced by Fremantle Media North America, the series debuted on March 31, 2009 at 9:25PM ET/PT, following American Idol. The show consists of sketches, stunts, celebrity cameos, music performances, and pretaped bits. However the show was canceled after airing its first episode.
On the show's debut, 26 Fox affiliates pre-empted or delayed the program, due to the show's sophisticated content, which the stations felt was more appropriate for older viewers.
DVD and album releases 
Only seasons one and two (released in two sets as season two and two 1/2 or 2.5) have been released on DVD.
A various artists compilation based on the show was released in June, 2002: The Osbourne Family Album.
Along with the highest ratings in MTV history, The Osbournes won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program.
International airings 
The series aired on CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, VH1 India in India, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten, MTV Australia in Australia, MTV Finland and Nelonen in Finland, MTV Latin America in Latin America, MTV Portugal in Portugal, TV2 in New Zealand, MTV Germany in Germany, MTV Ukraine in Ukraine, MTV Brasil in Brazil, MTV Italia in Italy and MTV Nederland in the Netherlands.
See also 
- Miller, Nancy (10 May 2002). "Mighty Neighborly". Entertainment Weekly (653). Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- Intro to the 54th Primetime Emmys
- Fulton, Rick (4 May 2009). "Reality Is I Was Stoned". Scottish Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). pp. 14–15. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- Pacienza, Angela (19 September 2002). "The Osbournes premiere sans `bleeping' nets CTV 1.67 million viewers". Toronto, Canada. The Canadian Press.
- Melloy, Neil (22 June 2002). "Ozzy-speak defies bleeper". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia: News Limited). p. 18.
- Ayres, Chris (1 December 2007). "Objets d'Ozzy, the ultimate booty for the garage sale connoisseur". The Times (London). p. 49. Retrieved 1 June 2010. Unknown parameter
- "Kelly and Ozzy: Osbournes Reloaded". SuicideGirls.com. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Washington Post: "It's Possible That 'Osbournes: Reloaded' Has Gone Too Far -- Even for Fox", 4/1/2009.
- "Osbournes 21⁄2 - DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- "MTV Onair - Osbournes". MTV. Retrieved 2010-02-08.