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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 spin-offs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, and The Bachelor Winter Games. The series was created and produced by Mike Fleiss and directed by Ken Fuchs. The After The Final Rose and other reunion specials are produced at Victory Studios in Glendale, California.
|Genre||Dating game show|
|Created by||Mike Fleiss|
|Presented by||Chris Harrison|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||23|
|No. of episodes||238|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Fleiss|
|Running time||60 minutes (2002–06)|
90 minutes (2006–08)
120 minutes (2009–)
|Production company(s)||AND Syndicated Productions|
NZK Productions Inc.
Warner Horizon Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV) (2002–07)|
720p (HDTV) (2007–present)
|Original release||March 25, 2002 (2002-03-25) –|
|Related shows||The Bachelorette|
Bachelor in Paradise
Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
The Bachelor Winter Games
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 spin-offs including The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor in Paradise: After 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 (see The elimination process), 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. They may include, among other events:
Season six was the first and only season to feature a twist in casting. Since producers could not decide between Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye as the next Bachelor, the 25 women at the time participating had to decide which bachelor would make the best husband. In the end of the first episode, Velvick was chosen.
Notable cases where the bachelor violated the premise of the show are Brad Womack, who selected neither of his final two women on his first season, and Jason Mesnick, who in the After the Final Rose episode broke off his engagement and several months later proposed (off-screen) to the first runner-up (the two are now married). Like Mesnick, Arie Luyendyk Jr. also broke off his engagement and during the After the Final Rose episode proposed to the first runner-up, who he is now married to.
For the first two weeks of filming, the contestants stay in "Villa De La Vina," a 7,590-square-foot (705 m2), six-bedroom, nine-bath home in Agoura Hills, California. The custom home, built in 2005, is located on 10 acres at 2351 Kanan Road and it is owned by Marshall Haraden. As of October 10, 2008, the home was listed for sale at a price of US$8.75 million. The final third of the episodes within a season are filmed traveling the world. Episodes have been filmed throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, and Korea to name just a few. The Agoura Hills, California mansion became the primary residence for the contestants since the eleventh season though it was not used in seasons eight and nine, where they mainly shot in Paris and Rome, respectively.
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:
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.
The final episodes of each season traditionally follow this pattern:
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||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||March 25–April 25, 2002||Alex Michel||Amanda Marsh||Trista Rehn||No||No||Michel did not propose to Marsh, but instead they entered into a relationship. Marsh and Michel broke up after several months.|
|2||September 25–November 20, 2002||Aaron Buerge||Helene Eksterowicz||Brooke Smith||Yes||No||Buerge and Eksterowicz broke up after several weeks.|
|3||March 24–May 21, 2003||Andrew Firestone||Jen Schefft||Kirsten Buschbacher||Yes||No||Schefft and Firestone broke up after several months.|
|4||September 24–November 20, 2003||Bob Guiney||Estella Gardinier||Kelly Jo Kuharski||No||No||Guiney did not propose to Gardinier but she accepted a promise ring indicating that they would still date. They broke up shortly after the show aired.|
|5||April 7–May 26, 2004||Jesse Palmer||Jessica Bowlin||Tara Huckeby||No||No||Palmer did not propose to Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up several weeks later.|
|6||September 22–November 24, 2004||Byron Velvick||Mary Delgado||Tanya Michel||Yes||No||Velvick and Jay Overbye started as two candidate bachelors. The women competing had to vote on which man they would like to be the bachelor. Velvick ended up winning the vote. Velvick and Delgado split after five years.|
|7||March 28–May 16, 2005||Charlie O'Connell||Sarah Brice||Krisily Kennedy||No||No||O'Connell chose Brice and did not propose but instead began a relationship. They broke up in September 2007, but got back together in 2008. However, they called it quits again in 2010.|
|8||January 9–February 27, 2006||Travis Lane Stork||Sarah Stone||Moana Dixon||No||No||Stork did not propose to Stone but instead began a relationship. They broke up shortly after the show aired.|
|9||October 2–November 27, 2006||Lorenzo Borghese||Jennifer Wilson||Sadie Murray||No||No||Borghese did not propose to Wilson. They began a relationship, but broke up in January 2007. He then dated Murray, the runner-up, but broke up in March of that same year.|
|10||April 2–May 22, 2007||Andrew Baldwin||Tessa Horst||Bevin Nicole Powers||Yes||No||Horst and Baldwin called off their engagement one month after the finale, but continued their relationship. They broke off the relationship in September 2007.|
|11||September 24–November 20, 2007||Brad Womack||None||DeAnna Pappas &
|No||No||Womack chose Croft and Pappas as the two finalists, but they were both rejected in the season's finale.|
|12||March 17–May 12, 2008||Matt Grant||Shayne Lamas||Chelsea Wanstrath||Yes||No||Grant and Lamas broke up in July 2008.|
|13||January 5–March 3, 2009||Jason Mesnick||Melissa Rycroft||Molly Malaney||Yes||Yes/No||On the season's finale, Mesnick had called off the engagement with Rycroft, and resumed a relationship with runner-up Malaney. Mesnick would later propose to Malaney in New Zealand, which she accepted and were married on February 27, 2010, in California. Mesnick and Malaney's wedding aired on national television on March 8, 2010. The couple have their daughter Riley Anne (born 2013).|
|14||January 4–March 1, 2010||Jake Pavelka||Vienna Girardi||Tenley Molzahn||Yes||No||Pavelka and Girardi ended their relationship in June 2010.|
|15||January 3–March 14, 2011||Brad Womack||Emily Maynard||Chantal O'Brien||Yes||No||Womack and Maynard broke up while their season was airing, but got back together after the show's finale. However, they called it quits for good in May 2011.|
|16||January 2–March 12, 2012||Ben Flajnik||Courtney Robertson||Lindzi Cox||Yes||No||Flajnik and Robertson originally broke up in February 2012 while their season was airing. However, they were later reconciled and got engaged for the second time, but broke up again in October 2012 for good.|
|17||January 7–March 11, 2013||Sean Lowe||Catherine Giudici||Lindsay Yenter||Yes||Yes||Lowe and Giudici married on January 26, 2014. They have two children together, Samuel Thomas (born 2016) and Isaiah Hendrix (born 2018).|
|18||January 6–March 10, 2014||Juan Pablo Galavis||Nikki Ferrell||Clare Crawley||No||No||Galavis did not propose to Ferrell, but instead they decided to continue their relationship. They later appeared on Couples Therapy. In October 2014, they decided to end their relationship.|
|19||January 5–March 9, 2015||Chris Soules||Whitney Bischoff||Becca Tilley||Yes||No||Soules and Bischoff announced their break-up on May 28, 2015.|
|20||January 4–March 14, 2016||Ben Higgins||Lauren Bushnell||Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher||Yes||No||Higgins and Bushnell had their own reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?. The two announced their breakup on May 15, 2017.|
|21||January 2–March 13, 2017||Nick Viall||Vanessa Grimaldi||Raven Gates||Yes||No||Viall and Grimaldi announced their breakup on August 25, 2017.|
|22||January 1–March 6, 2018||Arie Luyendyk Jr.||Becca Kufrin||Lauren Burnham||Yes||Yes/No||On the live season finale, it was revealed that a few weeks after filming wrapped, Luyendyk had quickly called off his engagement to Kufrin and started dating runner-up Burnham. The two got engaged during the After the Final Rose special and were married on January 12, 2019. They are expecting their first child together, a girl.|
|23||January 7, 2019||Colton Underwood||TBA|
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Avg. Viewers
|After the Final Rose|
|1||Monday 9:00 pm||March 25, 2002||9.90||April 25, 2002||18.20||N/A||2001–02||10.7||44|
|2||Wednesday 9:00 pm||September 25, 2002||11.00||November 20, 2002||25.90||N/A||2002–03||13.93||20|
|3||March 24, 2003||10.20||May 21, 2003||15.10||9.30|
|4||September 24, 2003||12.55||November 20, 2003||18.62||9.30||2003–04||12.53||23|
|5||April 7, 2004||11.08||May 26, 2004||13.07||7.50|
|6||September 22, 2004||8.20||November 24, 2004||10.00||10.20||2004–05||8.53||62|
|7||Monday 9:00 pm||March 28, 2005||8.23||May 16, 2005||9.27|
|8||Monday 10:00 pm||January 9, 2006||6.24||February 27, 2006||11.53||N/A||2005–06||9.3||53|
|9||Monday 9:00 pm||October 2, 2006||7.53||November 27, 2006||9.85||N/A||2006–07||8.5||61|
|10||Monday 9:30 pm||April 2, 2007||9.86||May 22, 2007||12.67||8.00||10.3||41|
|11||Monday 10:00 pm||September 24, 2007||9.23||November 20, 2007||11.22||12.30||2007–08||9.72||49|
|12||Monday 10:00 pm||March 17, 2008||8.58||May 12, 2008||8.85||N/A||7.90||80|
|13||Monday 8:00 pm||January 5, 2009||8.74||March 3, 2009||15.48||17.47||2008–09||11.53||24|
|14||January 4, 2010||9.54||March 1, 2010||15.15||13.91||2009–10||12.22||23|
|15||January 3, 2011||9.04||March 14, 2011||13.86||13.96||2010–11||10.79||35|
|16||January 2, 2012||7.78||March 12, 2012||9.23||9.87||2011–12||8.85||49|
|17||January 7, 2013||6.92||March 11, 2013||10.42||10.81||2012–13||9.48||41|
|18||January 6, 2014||8.65||March 10, 2014||10.10||10.97||2013–14||9.59||32|
|19||January 5, 2015||7.76||March 9, 2015||9.68||9.68||2014–15||9.68||46|
|20||January 4, 2016||7.55||March 16, 2016||9.58||9.24||2015–16||9.53||41|
|21||January 2, 2017||6.62||March 13, 2017||8.40||7.85||2016–17||9.00||33|
|22||January 1, 2018||5.48||March 6, 2018||7.94||7.77||2017–18||7.92||47|
|23||January 7, 2019||5.13||2018–19|
The show's success has led producer Mike Fleiss to create multiple spin-offs, including The Bachelorette, in which the format is gender-reversed. The bachelorettes are eliminated contestants from The Bachelor. Season 11 of The Bachelorette had two bachelorettes (but only for the first episode).
On August 9, 2010, Bachelor Pad premiered, giving previous contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette an opportunity to compete in dating-themed eliminations for $250,000.
On August 4, 2014, Bachelor in Paradise premiered, giving previous contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette the opportunity to compete for another chance in love in dating-themed eliminations. The series went on to have a spin-off of its own, Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise, which also serves as a spin-off to The Bachelor and it premiered on August 3, 2015.
The fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise called into question about the future of its production following an issue of possible misconduct on the set. The fourth season premiered on August 8, 2017. Two contestants, Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were involved in an explicit sexual encounter in the pool during the filming of the show and were caught on tape. A producer onset administered a complaint which stated either one or both contestants may have been too drunk to give proper consent for the sexual encounter. This prompted Warner Bros. to start an internal investigation and both contestants to seek legal counsel. Production of the show was halted on June 11, 2017 and all contestants were asked to go home until further notice. Allegations were made against both contestants about their intoxication and actions thereafter, but ended with broadcast statements from both contestants during a talk show that it was all a misunderstanding and the two have remained friends since the incident. The show was given the green light to resume filming on June 21, 2017, neither Olympios nor Jackson returned to production.
The weddings of Trista Rehn (the 1st Bachelorette), Jason Mesnick (13th Bachelor), Ashley Hebert (the 7th Bachelorette), and Sean Lowe (the 17th Bachelor) were broadcast as television specials. Rehn's vow-renewal ceremony upon her 10-year anniversary was also broadcast. Bachelor in Paradise season 2 couple, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert's wedding was also broadcast as television special in February 2016.
On January 4, 2016, Bachelor Live, a one-hour after show talk show premiered, hosted by Chris Harrison.
First airing in October 2016, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? showcased the relationship of Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell following season 20 of The Bachelor on their plans for marriage and Bushnell's new life in Denver. But then, the couple eventually parted ways in May 15, 2017.
On March 20, 2017, The Twins: Happily Ever After premiered. The series stars Haley and Emily Ferguson from season 20 of The Bachelor and showcases them "saying goodbye to the comfort and luxuries of living under their mom's roof and beginning the hilarious journey of figuring out life on their own while searching for independence and a new career."
The Bachelor Winter Games premiered on February 13, 2018. The show follows a similar premise to that of Bachelor in Paradise with a few twists. One stand out twist is that the cast is made up of international contestants from The Bachelor Franchise. All contestants participate in various winter sports in order to win a date card. Ashley Iaconetti (American) and Kevin Wendt (Canadian) were the winning couple of the first season, after competing in an ice skating dance routine against three other couples.
On February 26, 2009, in an exclusive interview between The Bachelor season 13 contestant Megan Parris, and Steve Carbone, Megan commented that the producers edit the footage to create a fictional storyline:
I don't think [the producers] showed any real conversation I had with anyone ... The viewers fail to realize that editing is what makes the show ... You'll hear someone make one comment and then they'll show a clip of somebody's face to make it look like that is their facial reaction to that statement, but really, somebody made that face the day before to something else. It's just piecing things together to make a story.
On March 26, 2009, Megan Parris argued that not only was the show scripted, but that producers bullied contestants into saying things to the camera that contestants did not want to say. "There's nothing real about it," she said of the show's trademark "confessionals," in which contestants talk to the camera about the latest goings-on. "It is scripted," she said. "They basically will call you names, berate you, curse at you until they get you to say what they want you to say." Both ABC and Warner Bros., the studio that produces The Bachelor, had no comment.
On March 15, 2010, Mike Fleiss appeared on 20/20 and said that he develops contestants into characters that will cater to his audience's tastes and that they "need [their] fair share of villains every season." Fleiss has come under fire for admitting that The Bachelor has less to do with reality than it does making good television.
On February 24, 2012, during the taping of The Women Tell All episode of The Bachelor, a private conversation between contestant Courtney Robertson and a show producer went public when microphones were accidentally left on in between camera takes. The conversation revealed the producer had a role as a coach, encouraging Robertson to fake certain emotions for the camera.
This article needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2018)
In December 2011, a producer of The Bachelor sued Steve Carbone, the proprietor of the website RealitySteve.com, for leaking unreleased information about the show, claiming Carbone encouraged contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to break their confidentiality agreements. Carbone has denied that the source of the leaks are current contestants. Despite being settled, there were two further lawsuits against Carbone in 2012 and in 2017, respectively.
|The Bachelor Australia||Osher Günsberg||Network Ten||September 8, 2013|
|The Bachelor||Fábio Arruda||RedeTV!||November 21, 2014|
|The Bachelor Canada||Tyler Harcott||City||October 3, 2012|
|The Bachelor (黄金单身汉）||Qiu Qiming||Mango TV
|October 1, 2016|
|Gospodin Savršeni||Antonija Blaće||RTL Televizija||November 19, 2018|
|Bachelor, le gentleman célibataire||Stéphane Rotenberg (2003–2005)
Grégory Ascher (2013–2014)
Boris Ehrgott (2016)
|May 7, 2003|
|Suomen unelmien poikamies||Sami Kuronen||Nelonen||February 2008|
|Der Bachelor||Arne Jessen (2003)
|RTL||November 19, 2003|
January 4, 2011
|எங்க வீட்டு மாப்பிள்ளை
Enga Veetu Mapillai
|Sangeetha Krish||Colors Tamil||February 20, 2018|
|Aryakku Parinayam||Sangeetha Krish||Flowers TV||February 26, 2018|
|The Bachelor Indonesia||NET.||2019|
|Guy Geyor||Channel 10||2009|
|The Bachelor - L'uomo dei sogni||Cristina Parodi||Canale 5||June 26, 2003|
The Bachelor Japan
|Kouji Imada 今田耕司||Amazon Prime TV Video||2017|
|The Bachelor New Zealand||Mike Puru||TV3||March 17, 2015|
|Kawaler do wzięcia||Krzysztof Banaszyk||TVN||October 8, 2003|
|Burlacul||Lucian Marinescu (1)
Cătălin Botezatu (2-4)
Andreea Mantea (5-)
|Antena 1||June 8, 2010|
||TNT||March 10, 2013|
|Sanjski moški||POP TV||September 2004|
|South Africa||The Bachelor SA||Jason Greer||M-Net||February 2019|
|Bachelor – När leken blir allvar||TV4||October 2015|
|The Bachelor Thailand ศึกรัก...สละโสด
The Bachelor Thailand (Bachelor...Battle of Love)
|Natpawin Kulkanlayadee||ONE [th]||August 27, 2016|
|Hryhoriy Reshetnyk||STB||March 17, 2011|
|The Bachelor||Jeremy Milnes (2003–05)
Hugo Speer (2011–12)
Mark Wright (2019)
|BBC Three (2003–05)
Channel 5 (2011–12, 2019)
|March 30, 2003|
August 19, 2011
|The Bachelor Vietnam - Anh chàng độc thân||Khôi Trần||HTV7||August 14, 2018|
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel also created a parody called "The Baby Bachelor" in Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which the titular role is given to his 3-year-old nephew Wesley. The popularity of the parody also lead to the creation of spin-offs The Baby Bachelorette and Baby Bachelor In Paradise.
The Fox network produced a show, Joe Millionaire, based on the premise that the bachelor was a millionaire heir, when in reality, he was not.
On June 1, 2015, Lifetime began airing Unreal, a scripted drama about a producer who works on Everlasting. It is based on Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's short film Sequin Raze and her experience as a field producer on The Bachelor.
In a third season episode of Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars, the main challenge consisted of a parody called "The B*tchelor" where guest judge Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman played the Bachelor while the drag contestants portrayed the romantic interests.
“We need our fair share of villains every season. And now we’re very careful in our casting...to develop characters that the audience is going to root for and root against”
“We are very careful in our casting to develop characters that the audience is going to root for and root against.” Fleiss admits that his show has less to do with “reality” than it does making good television. Which is all fine and good... if a few moments later he hadn’t claimed that the whole premise was romance and the search for love.
A private conversation between Courtney and a show producer went public. During Chris’ temporary hiatus, one of the show’s producers went over to comfort Courtney, who was clearly very distraught after being attacked by numerous ladies. I was sitting backstage with a group of other journalists, watching the taping on a remote monitor. While Chris was gone, the camera and microphones were left on on-stage, and so the press was accidentally privy to the intimate conversation. Courtney complained she felt like a deer in the headlights, and said she’d expected at least one of the women to come to her defense. “But I didn’t play with my hair once. Aren’t you proud?” she added. “Yes,” the producer replied. “That was good.” The staffer tried to distract Courtney by talking to her about the kind of cigarettes she smokes – American Spirits, apparently – and the model soon began to feel better. “I’m not feeling very emotional anymore,” she said, her tears dispersing. “You made me feel better. I appreciate it.” Then, she began to worry about coming off as too cold: “I don’t know if I can show that emotion again,” she fretted. “You have to,” the producer said. “This is for you. [Possible spoiler alert!] This is for you and Ben.”