Yes, The Osbournes is back, and after watching the first two episodes, I can't help but to kind of wish that they'd have packed up the dogs, the remote control and the fat kids, and gone away.

They aren't all really funny anymore.

And the lack of cheer has nothing to do with Sharon's cancer and the fact that even into the most carefully controlled media madness some sadness must fall. It's just that they should have signed on for only one season.

They would have remained icons. The second season makes it much clearer that they are already overexposed, and now seem, if anything, desperate for publicity - which of course you'd have to be if you even thought that having a camera crew following you around 24/7 was a nifty idea in the first place.

Don't get me wrong. The whole thing worked like a charm last year. It was innovative and hilarious and very, very, addictive.

Now, the kids just seem mannerless, not to mention clueless about how the outside world really works.

For one thing, Ozzy seems not so much like an aging rock star as a brain damaged, physically disabled man who can never stop working or his family could fall into Osbourne obscurity. He moves like an old man with brain fry, and the sycophants around him aren't humorous, they are pathetic - particularly this poet/Yogi guy who travels with Ozzy and tries to "center" him. Too much money is not a good thing for a person.

Then there's the issue of Sharon's cancer which is very tragic. Although since it's MTV - when she discovers it in the second episode - it's whitewashed as though it's not a devastating thing.

Ozzy gets all weird (I think, it's hard to tell) on the road, crying that Sharon is his whole life, but they have clearly edited out the real emotions of a family under siege from a disease they can't manage away with agents and writers. Keeping their emotions under wraps is good for the family, and decent of the producers, but at the end of the day it's not honest.

If you want family reality, and what happens to a family under stress and duress, you'd have to go back to the original '70's reality show, The Louds on PBS.

Perhaps in the later episodes the Osbournes clan deal with it more honestly, but I can't say since I haven't seen them. But of course, that's not what "The Osbournes" is supposed to be: it's supposed to be about the wacky, wacky life of a rock star.

Sorry, but listening to this exchange between Kelly and Jack is not funny. It's just spoiled and terrible:

"Stop spraying (spitting on) my Prada jacket."

"I wipe my a- with your Prada jacket."

"I wipe my a- with your face."

Watching Sharon tell Ozzy he looks like Harrison Ford, and have him reply, "You're a c--," isn't my idea of how young girls learn what's acceptable treatment from a man.

Sorry, but I found the Ozzie and Harriet for the 21st century wearing thin, and getting just plain, wearing.

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