Long before the Kardashians built an empire, before the Real Housewives became inescapable GIFs, before Jersey Shore's castmates became pop culture icons, Ozzy Osbourne's family showed the world how to make reality television. As this list of the wildest moments from MTV's The Osbournes demonstrates, the family emerged as the original reality TV badasses against which all reality stars would - and should - be measured. Sharon, with her potty mouth and daffy mother hen sensibilities, provided a precursor to Lisa Vanderpump. Kelly's blunt opinions and wicked sense of humor set the stage for bratty behavior on Love Island and Jersey Shore. But, arguably, the centerpiece of the show - and the source of The Osbournes's wildest, craziest, most WTF moments - is Ozzy himself. Even when the camera focused solely on Ozzy, it was hard to tell if he was ever fully present, and this laid the groundwork for truly unforgettable scenes.
After revisiting some of the funniest, nuttiest, and most scandalous scenes from The Osbournes, it's easy to see how they paved the way for all the reality TV families the world has come to know and love.
Sharon Throws Ham At The Neighbors
In Season 1, episode 4 of The Osbournes, the family gets peeved at their noisy neighbors next door. After Jack unsuccessfully attempts to silence them by blasting heavy metal music, Sharon takes matters into her own hands. Actually, she takes the ham into her own hands. She grabs a baked ham from the refrigerator and chucks it over the fence, which prompts the neighbors to call the cops on the Osbournes.
The police end up advising the family to settle their beef without wasting ham.Is this wild?
Jack Hears His Parents Talk About Sex On The RadioPhoto: MTV
In Season 1, episode 3 of The Osbournes, Jack listens to his parents give an interview on the radio, and things quickly enter TMI territory. Ozzy talks about how he takes a lot of Viagra and gets... excited... at inopportune moments, like when Sharon sleeps.
Jack becomes visibly embarrassed, as any kid would be, but this early moment in the show sets the stage for how uncomfortably intimate things would get.Is this wild?
Ozzy Mixes Alcohol With His Pain Meds
Ozzy deals with the effects of a painful foot injury in the Season 1 Thanksgiving episode, "Get Stuffed." After being prescribed painkillers, Osbourne unwisely (but hilariously) mixes them with alcohol. At one point, he takes the dog for a walk and wanders off... singing.
"He's stoned," Sharon says to Jack. "Could you - is he singing?" Not surprisingly, Thanksgiving proves to be a bust.Is this wild?
The Family Hires A Dog Therapist
The second episode of The Osbournes finds the family's menagerie of dogs leaving number-twos all over the house. Understandably, Ozzy and co. are far from pleased. "I'm not picking up dog sh*t... I'm a rock star," Ozzy proclaims at one point, seemingly unaware that one can be both a rock star and a responsible pet owner.
The family eventually brings in a dog therapist to help with the issue. But Ozzy remains adamantly against this decision. "You don't need to hire a dog therapist," he tells his family. "You just need to wake up at 7 am and open the f*cking door!"Is this wild?