“The Osbournes” hit the airwaves on March 5, 2002. With its massive ratings, the reality spot was a virtual Ozzmmercial for the rocker’s properties. Right off the bat, “The Osbournes” boosted record sales. Weekly sales of his latest release “Down to Earth” shot up 40 percent, bumping the album back onto the Top 200 chart.
Not only that, but Ozzfest ticket sales went through the roof, yet another way the MTV Midas touch shined up the family brand. With the reality TV venture, the family was able to launch Osbourne Media, the family’s own production company. The show brought Ozzy fame from a younger audience and new fame to his family.
Ozzy Tried Responding to Negative Publicity in His Music
The rocker fostered an extreme personality with Black Sabbath. In his comeback solo act, “Crazy Train,” the titular song speaks to the negative media the band invited.
He sings, “I know that things are going wrong for me / “You have to listen to my words/ “Maybe it’s not too late / to learn how to love / and forget how to hate.”
“No More Tears” Was Slated to Be the Last Album
In 1991 as Ozzy explained to “The Joan Rivers Show,” he was ready to quit rock and roll to spend more time at home with the kids. He had just finished recording “No More Tears,” a hit that easily made it to the Top 10. He toured in 1992 and touted it as his last. But he was back on the world tour circuit by 1993 with “Live & Loud.”
Almost 10 years later, just as his music career seemed to fade to black again, the hard rock king came out with his 12th album, “Ordinary Man,” in collaboration with Elton John, Post Malone, and Slash from Guns N' Roses.
“The Osbournes:” Moving Day
The very first episode of the MTV program featured the mayhem of moving trucks, stuff strewn, pets adjusting. One exception: Ozzy played a song from his new album on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” More chaos moving into their Beverly Hills mansion saw the kids brawling, the pets fighting, and Ozzy having a fit because he didn’t know how to work the new TV remote.
We meet the new security guard, hired to watch over the property. After Jack set up the remote, Ozzy watched a replay of his Tonight Show performance, totally cringing out. The security guard watched it too, cringing just as much.
The Pets Drive Ozzy Mad
A lot of the drama and comedy at “The Osbournes” revolves around pets. There are cats and dogs in the mix, but they all cause problems, especially Lola, constantly triggering Ozzy.
Lola’s bad behavior even drove Sharon to hire a pet therapist.