07 March 2014 by

It's Been 12 Years Since The Osbournes First Graced Our Screens. Did They Change TV Forever?

Ever the fan of the throwback Thursday hashtag, yesterday Kelly Osbourne uploaded a picture of the Osbournes when they first appeared on their reality TV show  a whopping 12 years ago (wherever did the time go!?). The show, which was one of the first reality TV shows, ran from 2002 to 2005 on MTV and followed the domestic life of heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and the then supremely awkward and wild teens Kelly and Jack.

Both Sharon and Ozzy have since revealed they regretted doing the show, with X Factor judge Sharon even going so far as to say it was the 'biggest mistake' of her life. Ozzy used quite a few more expletives to get the same point across. However there is no question that the show has changed the face of television - and celebrity culture - forever, and taught us quite a few things a long the way. Here are 5 ways the Osbournes changed TV...

1) It made us care about the every banal detail of celebrity lives...

Before The Osbournes premiered in 2002, celebrity worshipers would learn about the lives of their favorite stars by reading a profile or watching TV interviews. That is before the Osbournes gave MTV the key to their home, allowing reality TV cameras to film  everything (and we mean EVERYTHING). Hear that, Kanye? You've (partly) got Ozzy to thank for your endless invasions of privacy.

2) It made the F word applicable as a verb, a noun, an adjective...

Ozzy's pessimistic view on life and the foul language that came along with it somehow made him supremely endearing, and made it okay to be just as negative and sweary as he is. It did, right!?

3. It made us realise we're not the only ones with a cray family...

Drama is inherent in reality TV shows - would there be any point watching without it? In the first season of The Osbournes alone, the heavy metal family cause uproar in the neighbourhood, have the police called over to their house twice, see Kelly off to rehab and deal with Sharon's cancer diagnosis. As for the arguments between the family members themselves? Priceless. And really, really reassuring, actually.

4. It proved what we already knew - women run the world...

Say what you will, but women are the true head of the family. Or, neck, if you'd rather. They make the man think he is the head but can turn him any which way they wish. Sharon Osbourne is a perfect example of that. As is Kelly and her sharp tongue.

5. It paved the way for an abundance of celebrity reality TV shows like The Kardashian's....

What on earth would we do without Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and the rest of the Klan? Keeping Up With The Kardashians carried on where the Osbourne's left off and completely revolutionized the art of self-promotion, spinning the series into a megabrand complete with clothing lines and lucrative endorsements.

Guess we know what we'll be doing this weekend... The Osbournes season one here we come!


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