2002: The Osbournes makes its debut
This MTV reality show applied an Ozzie and Harriet-style approach to portraying the activities of the distinctly unwholesome heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
To everyone’s surprise, it became a huge hit, and the daily lives of the former Black Sabbath singer, his wife Sharon, and their children Kelly and Jack became one of MTV’s most popular programs.
Ozzy’s declining popularity rose up again in the early 2000s due to his stumbling, incoherent behavior on the show, which became a meme in pop culture. -A.D.
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