The Bachelor is an American dating and relationship reality television series that debuted on March 25, 2002 on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison. The show's success has resulted in several spinoffs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelor Winter Games.
The series revolves around a single bachelor who starts with a pool of romantic interests from whom he is expected to select a wife. During the course of the season, the bachelor eliminates candidates, culminating in a marriage proposal to his final selection. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show.
The above description is a general guideline. In practice, the show does not always follow its designed structure, and those variations are often a source of drama and conflict.
The elimination processEdit
On each Bachelor episode, the bachelor interacts with the women and presents a rose to each woman he wishes to remain on the show. Those who do not receive a rose are eliminated. Eliminations are based upon the bachelor's personal feelings about each contestant, guided primarily by the impression made by each woman during dates or other events of the week. Most roses are presented at a rose ceremony at the end of each episode, but roses can also be bestowed on dates. Typical activities include:
- A group date, in which the bachelor and a group of women participate in an activity. Sometimes the activity takes the form of a competition, the winner or winners spending more time with the bachelor. The bachelor typically presents a rose to the woman who makes the best impression during the group date.
- A one-on-one date, in which the bachelor and one woman go on a date. Except in the late stages of the season, there is a rose at stake: At the end of the date, the bachelor must decide whether to present the woman a rose. If the woman does not receive a rose, she is eliminated immediately.
- A two-on-one date, in which the bachelor and two women go on a date. At the end of the date, the bachelor must decide which woman receives a rose. The woman who does not receive a rose is eliminated immediately.
If a rose is at stake on a date, the participating women pack their suitcases in case they fail to receive a rose. The other women learn that a woman has been eliminated when that woman's suitcase is taken away by a crew member.
- Except in the late stages of the season, the episode concludes with a cocktail party, to which the bachelor and all women not yet eliminated are invited. At the first cocktail party of the season, the bachelor presents a "first impression rose"; roses are typically not presented at any other cocktail parties.
- Every episode concludes with a rose ceremony which has its own conventions.
- The women who have not been eliminated stand in rows at one end of the room, and the bachelor faces them. The bachelor has a tray with roses.
- The bachelor takes a rose and calls a woman by name. The woman steps forward, and the bachelor asks, "Will you accept this rose?" The woman accepts, takes the rose, and returns to her original position.
- When there is one rose remaining, host Chris Harrison says, "Ladies, this is the final rose tonight," then tells the bachelor, "When you're ready."
- After all roses are distributed, host Chris Harrison tells the women who did not receive a rose, "Ladies, take a moment and say your good-byes."
The final episodes of each season traditionally follow this pattern:
- The bachelor visits the home towns and families of each of the four remaining women. At the rose ceremony, one woman is eliminated, leaving three.
- The bachelor and the three remaining women travel to an exotic location for a series of one-on-one dates. At the conclusion of each date, the bachelor offers the woman the keys to the fantasy suite which allows the two to spend the night together without cameras present. At the rose ceremony, one woman is eliminated, leaving two.
- In a "The Women Tell All" episode, the women who had been eliminated from the show participate in a talk show where they discuss their thoughts and experiences.
- The two remaining women separately meet with the bachelor's family. At the end of the episode, the bachelor proposes to one of the women by presenting the "final rose".
- In an "After the Final Rose" episode which immediately follows, the bachelor, the finalist, and the runner-up participate in a talk show. The identity of the next season's bachelor or bachelorette is often announced at the end of the episode.
A woman may withdraw from the competition at any time if she finds herself no longer interested in the bachelor. On rare occasions, a woman is removed from the show for breaking one of the rules.
The bachelor has wide discretion in choosing how many and when to present the roses. For example, Sean Lowe presented several roses at his initial cocktail party.
It is common to accuse a contestant of not being on the show "for the right reasons", meaning that her aim is not to establish a relationship with the bachelor, but rather to garner publicity for her own career, induce jealousy in an ex-boyfriend, become selected as the next Bachelorette, or simply to get free trips to exotic locations.
|#||Original Run||Bachelor||Number of contestants||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||January 4, 2016 to April 17, 2016.||Darren McCann||25||Maia Murray||Avery Morse||Yes||No||McCann and Murray broke off their engagement in October of 2016, after six months of engagement.|
|2||January 2, 2017 to April 10, 2017||Conner Woodward||25||Reagan Davenport||Sydnee Short||Yes||Yes||Woodward and Davenport were married on December 10, 2019.|
|3||January 1, 2018 to April 9, 2018||Adam Koziel||25||Cailyn Ellison||Sadie Penick||No||No||In a new direction for the franchise, Koziel chose to enter into a relationship with Ellison. Koziel and Ellison ended their relationship in June of 2020.|
|4||January 7, 2019 to April 15, 2019||James O'Connell||25||Whitney Warner||Ainsley Jacobs||Yes||No||O'Connell and Warner announced their decision to end their engagement in March of 2020, after almost a full year.|
|5||January 6, 2020 to April 13, 2020||Matt Chambler||25||Brittan Row||Kaitlyn Lassett||No||Yes||Chambler chose to enter into a relationship with Row. In February of 2022, Chambler and Row announced via social media that they had become engaged. They are still together as of April 2024.|
|6||January 4, 2021 to April 12, 2021||Jay Tierney||27||Katy Larsen||Jessica Block||Yes||No||Tierney and Larsen announced their decision to end their engagement in May 2021, after five months of engagement. Tierney is currently in a relationship with third place finisher Kiersten Conley.|
|7||January 3, 2022 to April 11, 2022||Wes Briles||25||Melissa Burresh||Lauren Priestley||Yes||No||In February of 2023, Briles and Burresh announced that they had ended their engagement.|
|8||January 2, 2023 to April 10, 2023||Tim Zapien||25||Jenna Osterburg||Hanna Moring||Yes||Yes||Zapien and Osterburg are still together as of April 2024.|
|9||January 1, 2024 to April 8, 2024||Sean Randolph||25||Seneca McCourty||Miranda Pennell||Yes||Yes||Randolph and McCourty are still together as of April 2024.|
The Bachelorette Edit
|#||Original Run||Bachelorette||Number of contestants||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||May 23, 2016 to September 5, 2016||Jocelyn McLaughlin||25||Nick Blackburn||Justin Garner||Yes||Yes||McLaughlin and Blackburn were married on August 4, 2019.|
|2||May 22, 2017 to August 28, 2017||Hallie Hickman||25||Andrew Etling||Adam Koziel||Yes||No||Though the season ended with Etling proposing to Hickman, the couple announced they had ended the engagement on December 1, 2017, citing "irreconcilable differences".|
|3||May 28, 2018 to September 3, 2018||Amy Vasquez||25||Johan Durkich||Logan Harper||Yes||No||Vasquez and Durkich called off their engagement while the season was still airing.|
|4||May 27, 2019 to September 2, 2019||Ainsley Jacobs||25||Cody Grier||Matt Chambler||Yes||Yes||Jacobs and Grier were married on January 1, 2022.|
|5||May 25, 2020 to August 31, 2020||Kaitlyn Lassett||25||Dan Wallach||Brandon DeMoss||Yes||No||In June 2021, Lassett and Wallach announced their decision to end their engagement.|
|6||May 24, 2021 to August 30, 2021||Cassidy Horst||25||Clayton Tamplin||Mark Halton||No||Yes||Horst and Tamplin announced via social media that they had become engaged in June of 2022. On June 11, 2023, Horst and Tamplin were married.|
|7||May 23, 2022 to August 29, 2022||Katy Larsen||25||Dylan Cantrell||Jonathan Frost||Yes||Yes||Larsen and Cantrell were married on February 21, 2024.|
|8||May 22, 2023 to August 28, 2023||Anna Reitzel||25||Jason Goff||Sean Randolph||Yes||No||Reitzel and Goff called off their engagement in October of 2023, after two months of engagement.|
Bachelor in Paradise Edit
|Season||Original Run||Location||Couples||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||September 10, 2018 to October 22, 2018||Tulum, Mexico||Eric Finnell & Kate Richard||Yes||Yes||Finnell and Richard are still together as of October 2018.|
|Grant Gilmore & Molly Wilding||No||Yes||Gilmore and Wilding are still together as of October 2018.|