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.
Enter “The Osbournes”
“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.
“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.
It Wasn’t All Fun and Games
Halfway through the show’s four-season run, Sharon was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. The dramatic news affected the entire family as they braced to lose her.
Ozzy was also in an ATV accident where he injured himself badly. Luckily, both parents were treated and recovered.
Sharon and Dad Don Arden Scripted Reconciliation
Many fans of the show theorized that scenes of reconciliation between Sharon and her father had been heavily scripted. One instance is the time Ozzy demanded that his wife call her dad. “I strongly suggest you pick up the [freaking] phone and call him.” Then, he said he regretted it.
According to him, that was the worst thing he has ever done as now they are always on the phone with each other.