These days, the television landscape is populated by so many quirky families engaging in wacky, “unscripted” behavior than when we look back on a show like The Osbournes, it’s hard to understand why it was such a cultural phenomenon.
But while the MTV series that focused on Ozzy and his then unknown wife and children certainly wasn’t the first reality show, it was the first to encourage us to root for hot-tempered, entitled egomaniacs who we’d probably hate in real life.
Without the Osbournes, we may have never had Jersey Shore or even (gasp!) Keeping Up With the Kardashians!
So perhaps it’s out of respect for the show’s legacy (or in hopes of recreating its then-record breaking ratings) that VH1 has decided to bring The Osbournes back to television.
Of course, things have changed a bit since the show went first went of the air in 2005:
- Sharon Osbourne hosts The Talk on CBS, and she’s not the only one to carve out a post-Osbournes television career for herself…
- Daughter Kelly Osbourne co-hosts Fashion Police on E!, and has quickly gained respect as a designer and all-around fashionista.
- Sadly, Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with MS in 2012, but he remains active, and in the past two years alone, Jack has gotten married, had a daughter, and produced a documentary about his father.
Ozzy, of course, remains Ozzy, but we’re sure most fans wouldn’t have it any other way. VH1 hasn’t set a definitive release date yet, but The Osbournes will reportedly return some time in 2015.
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The Osbournes: Returning to TV! VH1 Resurrects Iconic Reality Show!