A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, although Sharon Osbourne has described this variety series in interviews as "family entertainment," it's nothing like family-centric variety shows of yesteryear such as The Sonny and Cher Show or Donny & Marie. For one thing, there's a ton of cursing, and even though words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped, they're used frequently by every member of the Osbourne family. There's a healthy dose of sexual content, too, as well as not-so-subtle advertising for the Osbourne family brand and plenty of situations that make the butts of the family's jokes look painfully ridiculous.
What's the story?
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his famous family (including wife Sharon and grown children Jack and Kelly) take the stage as hosts of a raucous variety show in OSBOURNES: RELOADED, a series that includes live performances, comedy sketches, audience participation pranks, and celebrity guest stars. The content changes from week to week, but there are regular segments, including one in which the family hits the road to find other Osbournes living across America.
Is it any good?
A lot of viewers probably weren't ready to hear Sharon Osbourne shout, "Welcome to the Osbournes: Reloaded ... Let me tell you we're gonna have a f--kin' good time tonight!" when the show premiered mere seconds after American Idol ended. But even Osbourne devotees who've been looking forward to watching their favorite foul-mouthed family tear it up together onstage after a long absence from series television will be disappointed with this below-average freak show that makes the whole gang look pretty desperate.
The show shuffles from mildly amusing (like a sketch in which children play Ozzy and Sharon on their first date, swearing and all) to downright uncomfortable (an audience prank that ends with an unsuspecting victim making out, blindfolded, with a senior citizen). And while it could be a lot worse ... well, it never gets much better than that.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this show is OK for families to watch together. Do you think it's really meant for viewers of all ages? Do the Osbournes remind you of your own family or any other families you know? If you've ever seen The Osbournes, the family's Emmy Award-winning reality series that aired on MTV from 2002 to 2005, how do the antics on this show compare with that one?