Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
Arguably the most prolific figure in the history of heavy metal music, Ozzy Osbourne has for decades rocked metalheads to their very core. From his earliest days with the legendary Black Sabbath, to his popular solo efforts, to his massive Ozzfest tour featuring some of the most popular musicians of the genre, the notorious Osbourne has made headlines with his outrageous antics and stricken fear into the hearts of parents around the globe. A colorful personality to say the very least, the world would bear witness to an entirely different side of the metal madman when, in early 2002, reality television pioneer MTV debuted The Osbournes. A massive success that garnered the highest rating ever for an MTV premier and would subsequently build viewership ratings to become one of the most successful cable series' ever (even surpassing that of some network series), The Osbournes would breathe new life into Ozzy Osbourne's career and find his popularity soaring to new heights. With the colorful personalities of wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly, one could never be sure of what would happen next on The Osbournes. This wild unpredictability, coupled with storylines often alternating between hilarious, poignant, and surreal, provided viewers with the ultimate peek into the personal life of a celebrity. Though many would subsequently attempt to emulate its success, few would lay claim to the fascinating personalities and unique dynamic that made The Osbournes so captivating.