|Osbournes, The: Season Two|
|DVD TV Shows|
|Written by Paul Lingas|
|Tuesday, 30 September 2003|
It’s certainly easy to see why “The Osbournes” has been such a success, both critically and commercially. The reality show that follows the Osbourne family’s daily activities is funny, endearing, outrageous and a fascinating look at a very famous music icon. Sharon Osbourne is the heart of the family and the program, and taken together with Jack and Kelly’s histrionics, it sets up many opportunities for Ozzy to just be Ozzy.
Season 2 brings us some of Ozzy on his last Ozzfest, touring with Kelly for her less than hot first album, Jack trying to sign a band, somehow getting into every girl’s pants that he meets while simultaneously doing absolutely nothing, Sharon trying hard to be a mom while fighting colon cancer and Ozzy is his usual self, getting mad at the pets, the kids and the neighbors. This season is a bit more interesting than the first season, mainly because the situations don’t feel as forced and everyone seems a bit more relaxed, owing no doubt in part to the fact that they have now become very used to and trusting of the camera crews. Comprised of 10 roughly 20-25 minute episodes, the season may be watched in parts or straight through.
As long as one can get past all the swearing, which is easy with the censored version, then this show is a must-see (and, in fact, listening to Ozzy swear is just about one of the funniest things in the world). Where else can you see an aging, drug-addled, constantly shaking, barely intelligible rock star telling the Pacific Ocean to “F*** off!” and “Go back to Alaska!” because he built a fire too close to the water? It is absolutely hilarious. What is most interesting about the show, however, is the sheer humanity of the family. Far too often, celebrities are seen as revered people with perfect lives. While the Osbournes certainly have plenty of wealth and fame, they still behave like humans, albeit foulmouthed ex-pat British humans. Simply put, they don’t take themselves very seriously, especially Ozzy, who often is both the most thoughtful and most outrageous character. Jack and Kelly always act like siblings, whether they’re being nice to one another or trying to drive each other mad. Ozzy and Sharon are in many ways a typical husband and wife/dad and mom, though in many ways they are, of course, atypical. Clearly though, this is what makes the show worth watching: the sort of psychotic blend of normalcy and rampant, bordering on crazy, behavior of each family member. To be sure, they seem mostly normal, but then one has only to watch Ozzy for a bit and see that normal is not a word that applies in a traditional sense to the household. Even he knows it, because he often refers to the fact that he lives in an “$8 million nut house.” But then again, what is normal these days and whose house isn’t an asylum?
The extra features are fun, if a bit simplistic. There is bonus footage, comprised of nearly 20 previously unaired clips. These are all funny and simply didn’t make the cuts of the final episodes due to time constraints. The audio commentary for each episode by Sharon and Kelly provides a little bit of insight into all the other people who are always around the house. As mentioned previously, all of the episodes can be watched in either censored or uncensored mode, depending on the fragility of one’s ears and constitution.
The two little games are simple but fun in their ridiculous, Osbourne way. In Dookie’s Revenge, the goal is to maneuver one of the many pets they have into position to drop a “dookie” onto the floor. No matter whether you succeed or fail, Ozzy will give you some encouragement for the next round. The “What the $%#@ Did He Say” game shows clips of Ozzy pontificating and then asks you to guess the correct version of what he said. This is a fun little thing, mostly because it recognizes just how silly Ozzy sometimes is, with the combination of his Birmingham accent and the major mumble that he’s developed. In fact, each episode has an Ozzy translator that essentially consists of some very goofy-looking subtitles whenever Ozzy speaks. The way the subtitles are done is very funny in and of itself, particularly when he yells.
In the final analysis, as long as you aren’t someone who is easily offended, then “The Osbournes” is a must for your DVD collection. The humanity, warmth, foul language, Ozziness, wackiness and everything else combines to make this two-disc set a compendium of ridiculum that leads to hours of laughter.