|Genre||Dating game show|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||19|
|No. of episodes||207 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Elan Gale|
|Running time||40–125 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||January 8, 2003 –|
The Bachelorette is an American reality television dating game show that debuted on ABC on January 8, 2003. The show is a spin-off of The Bachelor and the staple part of The Bachelor franchise. The first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up from the first season of The Bachelor, offering the opportunity for Rehn to choose a husband among 25 bachelors. The 2004 season of The Bachelorette again took a runner-up from the previous season of The Bachelor. After last airing on February 28, 2005, the series returned to ABC during the spring of 2008, following an absence of three years, and has since become an annual staple of the network's summer programming.
For its first 16 seasons the show was hosted by Chris Harrison. JoJo Fletcher took on temporary hosting duties during season 16 when Harrison was isolating having taken his son to college.
In March 2021, the show announced it would air two seasons for the first time ever. The seventeenth season debuted on June 7, 2021, with former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe as hosts. The eighteenth season premiered on October 19, 2021 with Adams and Bristowe returning as co-hosts.[b]
In March 2022, it was announced that there would be two Bachelorettes in one season. The 19th season premiered on July 11, 2022 with Jesse Palmer as host. Although season 11 featured two Bachelorettes in the first episode, and season 16 featured two consecutive Bachelorettes within a season, this marked the first time that two women lead concurrently for the entire season.
All of the rules are adapted from the rules of its parent show, The Bachelor. As the name implies, it is essentially a gender-swapped version of The Bachelor: the series revolves around a single bachelorette, usually a former contestant from a recent Bachelor season, and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25, though sometimes more) which could include a potential husband for the bachelorette. The show starts with the bachelorette standing in front of the mansion and greeting each male contestant individually, as they make an entrance to the bachelorette. After each rose ceremony, at least one contestant does not receive a rose and goes home; therefore, the pool of contenders gets smaller, and eventually leaves the bachelorette to decide between two contestants in the final rose ceremony.
For the final selection, one of two male suitors proposes to the bachelorette. Unlike its parent show, all sixteen seasons of The Bachelorette have ended with a proposal which the bachelorette either accepted or declined. The series has resulted in five marriages to date: Trista Rehn's to Ryan Sutter, Ashley Hebert's to JP Rosenbaum, Desiree Hartsock's to Chris Siegfried, Rachel Lindsay’s to Bryan Abasolo, and JoJo Fletcher's to Jordan Rodgers. The first two weddings were broadcast on ABC. Season 16 was the only season did not hold an After the Final Rose special due to circumstances over the COVID-19 pandemic and Christmas holiday.
Season 11 was the first season to feature a twist in casting. Since producers could not decide between The Bachelor Season 19 contenders Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, the 25 men participating had to decide which bachelorette would make the best wife. In the end, more men voted for Kaitlyn and Britt was sent home on the first night.
Season 13 was the first season to have an African-American contestant, Rachel Lindsay, as the lead in the entire Bachelor franchise. Season 16 was the first season to feature two bachelorettes. Clare Crawley was initially cast, but left the show after becoming engaged to contestant Dale Moss. Tayshia Adams was then brought in to complete the season.
In March 2021, after host Chris Harrison announced he was "stepping away" from the franchise, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe were announced as co-hosts for season 17. In June 2021, a day after the season 17 premiere, Harrison announced he was leaving the franchise altogether.[b]
Season 19 was the second season to feature two bachelorettes, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia. But unlike season 16, those two would be co-leads for the entire season.
Family Guy parodied the show's authenticity in the episode "Brian the Bachelor" on June 26, 2005.
The Bachelorette season 4 winner, Jesse Csincsak, commented that contestants must follow producers' orders and that a storyline was fabricated in the editing room.
On March 15, 2010, The Bachelorette creator Mike Fleiss appeared on 20/20 to confess that he developed the show's contestants into characters that catered 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.
By season 7 of The Bachelorette, some believed that actors were being hired by ABC to play specific roles on the show. Some viewers were becoming tired of the show's scripted nature and speaking out.
In 2018, Amy Kaufman published a book titled, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure. This book provided insight on some of the manipulation tactics that producers employ in order to create drama and garner controversy as a ratings ploy.
The podcast Game of Roses launched in 2019 and critiques the series as a 'game'. They have since published the book 'How to win the Bachelor'.
Much like the parent show, the first two seasons were filmed in a luxurious house in Los Angeles County, California, and "Villa De La Vina" in Agoura Hills, California for later seasons. Since the fifth season, the third and remaining episodes filmed around the world. Episodes have been filmed throughout the United States, Canada, Spain, Iceland, Turkey, Portugal, Thailand, China (Hong Kong only), Bermuda, England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Ireland. In season 3, filming was located in New York City; Charlotte, North Carolina for season 8, where Emily Maynard lived, so that she could stay with her daughter Ricki during production. In addition to Villa De La Vina mansion, the contestants in seasons 4 and 5 lived in a bunkhouse close to the mansion.
Due to the concerns surrounding over the COVID-19 pandemic, when the mansion was strictly restricted for filming purposes, the sixteenth and seventeenth seasons filmed entirely within the United States being isolated on a quarantine type bio-secure bubble atmosphere around single location at the hotel or resort they rented by production. While the eighteenth season filmed mostly in the United States, some quarantine restrictions began lifted with limited travel.
Main article: List of The Bachelorette (American TV series) episodes
|Season||Original run||Bachelorette||Winner||Runner-up||Proposal||Still together?||Relationship status|
|1||January 8 – February 19, 2003||Trista Rehn||Ryan Sutter||Charlie Maher||Yes||Yes||Rehn and Sutter were married on December 6, 2003 on national television. They have two children together.|
|2||January 14 – February 26, 2004||Meredith Phillips||Ian Mckee||Matthew Hickl||Yes||No||Phillips and McKee were engaged at the end of the show but ended their relationship in February 2005.|
|3||January 10 – February 28, 2005||Jen Schefft||Jerry Ferris||John Paul Merritt||No/Yes[c]||No||During the first live final rose ceremony, Schefft chose Ferris over Meritt. Ferris proposed to Schefft, but she rejected his proposal.|
|4||May 19–July 7, 2008||DeAnna Pappas||Jesse Csincsak||Jason Mesnick||Yes||No||Pappas chose Csincsak, and their wedding was set for May 9, 2009, but they broke up in November 2008.|
|5||May 18 – July 28, 2009||Jillian Harris||Ed Swiderski||Kiptyn Locke||Yes||No||Harris, the first Canadian bachelorette, chose Ed Swiderski in the finale, but in July 2010, it was announced that Harris and Swiderski had broken up.|
|6||May 24 – August 2, 2010||Ali Fedotowsky||Roberto Martinez||Chris Lambton||Yes||No||Fedotowsky and Martinez got engaged in the season finale, but the couple broke up in November 2011.|
|7||May 23 – August 1, 2011||Ashley Hebert||J.P. Rosenbaum||Ben Flajnik||Yes||No||Hebert and Rosenbaum married on December 1, 2012, and their wedding aired as a TV special on December 16 of that year. The couple have two children together. On October 14, 2020, they announced that they had decided to permanently separate. Their divorce was finalised on October 7, 2021.|
|8||May 14 – July 23, 2012||Emily Maynard||Jef Holm||Arie Luyendyk Jr.||Yes||No||Maynard and Holm ended their relationship in October 2012.|
|9||May 27 – August 5, 2013||Desiree Hartsock||Chris Siegfried||Drew Kenney||Yes||Yes||Hartsock and Siegfried were married on January 18, 2015 and currently live in Portland, Oregon. They have two sons together.|
|10||May 19 – July 28, 2014||Andi Dorfman||Josh Murray||Nick Viall||Yes||No||Murray proposed to Dorfman in the season finale. However, the two announced their breakup on January 8, 2015.|
|11[d]||May 18 – July 27, 2015||Kaitlyn Bristowe||Shawn Booth||Yes||No||Bristowe picked Shawn Booth in the finale. The couple officially ended their relationship in September 2018, but it wasn't made public until November of that year. On May 12, 2021, Bristowe announced her engagement to Jason Tartick, a contestant in the fourteenth season of The Bachelorette.|
|12||May 23 – August 1, 2016||JoJo Fletcher||Jordan Rodgers||Robby Hayes||Yes||Yes||Fletcher and Rodgers married on May 14, 2022 in Santa Ynez, California.|
|13||May 22 – August 7, 2017||Rachel Lindsay||Bryan Abasolo||Peter Kraus||Yes||Yes||Lindsay and Abasolo were married on August 24, 2019. They currently live in Los Angeles.|
|14||May 28 – August 6, 2018||Becca Kufrin||Garrett Yrigoyen||Blake Horstmann||Yes||No||Yrigoyen proposed to Kufrin in the season finale. However, they broke up in August 2020. On May 29, 2022, Kufrin announced her engagement to Thomas Jacobs, whom she met on season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise.|
|15||May 13 – July 30, 2019||Hannah Brown||Jed Wyatt||Tyler Cameron||Yes||No||On the season's finale, it was revealed that Brown and Wyatt broke up in June 2019 after Brown discovered that Wyatt had a girlfriend at the time of filming. Wyatt also admitted that he went on the show to promote his music career.|
|16[e]||October 13 – December 22, 2020||Clare Crawley||Dale Moss||—||Yes||No||Moss proposed to Crawley in the fourth episode. They announced their breakup on January 19, 2021. On May 28, 2021, Moss confirmed they were back together. They broke up again in September 2021.|
|Tayshia Adams||Zac Clark||Ben Smith||Yes||No||Clark proposed to Adams in the season finale. The couple ended their engagement in November 2021.|
|17||June 7 – August 9, 2021||Katie Thurston||Blake Moynes||Justin Glaze||Yes||No||Moynes proposed to Thurston in the season finale. They announced their mutual split on October 25, 2021. Thurston announced on November 23, 2021 that she was dating John Hersey, whom she had previously eliminated during week two of her season. She confirmed their breakup on June 20, 2022.|
|18||October 19 – December 21, 2021||Michelle Young||Nayte Olukoya||Brandon Jones||Yes||No||Olukoya proposed to Young in the season finale. They announced their breakup on June 17, 2022.|
|19[f]||July 11, 2022||Rachel Recchia||TBA|
On April 10, 2019, it was announced that a two-hour special titled Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever! would premiere on May 6, 2019. Bachelorettes from seasons 2 and 3, Meredith Phillips and Jen Schefft didn't make an appearance during the reunion special. Although host Chris Harrison claimed Meredith Phillips was unavailable to attend, Reality Steve reported her sending him the text “No, I was never contacted or spoke to anyone. I didn’t even know the show was happening.” in regards to the reunion. Schefft couldn't make it due to a long-planned family vacation.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Avg. viewers
|1||Wednesday 9:00 pm||7||January 8, 2003||17.44||February 19, 2003||20.39||2002–03||16.80||7.9|
|2||9||January 14, 2004||TBD||February 26, 2004||7.17[i]||2003–04||11.56||5.2|
|3||Monday 9:00 pm||9||January 10, 2005||9.12||February 28, 2005||11.33||2004–05||8.93||4.0|
|4||Monday 8:00 pm||11||May 19, 2008||8.08||July 8, 2008||9.90||2007–08||7.31||2.5|
|5||12||May 18, 2009||8.69||July 28, 2009||7.99[i]||2008–09||7.61||2.6|
|6||12||May 24, 2010||9.08||August 2, 2010||11.32||2009–10||9.23||3.0|
|7||12||May 23, 2011||9.02||August 1, 2011||9.31||2010–11||8.05||2.4|
|8||12||May 14, 2012||8.05||July 23, 2012||8.80||2011–12||7.44||2.4|
|9||12||May 27, 2013||5.99||August 5, 2013||8.31||2012–13||6.68||2.0|
|10||13||May 19, 2014||7.17||July 28, 2014||8.15||2013–14||6.76||1.7|
|11||13||May 18, 2015||7.10||July 27, 2015||7.94||2014–15||6.86||2.0|
|12||12||May 23, 2016||6.63||August 1, 2016||8.10||2015–16||6.83||2.0|
|13||11||May 22, 2017||5.66||August 7, 2017||7.57||2016–17||5.89||1.6|
|14||11||May 28, 2018||5.50||August 6, 2018||6.71||2017–18||5.79||1.5|
|15||13||May 13, 2019||4.78||July 30, 2019||7.48[i]||2018–19||5.77||1.5|
|16||Tuesday 8:00 pm||13||October 13, 2020||5.03||December 22, 2020||5.52||2020–21||4.73||1.8|
|17||Monday 8:00 pm||10||June 7, 2021||3.77||August 9, 2021||4.60||3.66||TBD|
|18||Tuesday 8:00 pm||11||October 19, 2021||3.00||December 21, 2021||3.50||2021–22||TBD||TBD|
|19||Monday 8:00 pm||TBA||July 11, 2022||2.98||TBD||TBD||TBD|
The viewers are seeing the PRODUCED side of her show and not so much the genuine stuff, and she looks silly because of it... A LOT TAKES PLACE IN THE EDITING ROOM!
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.
The only thing lamer than this show is the people who make it. They take it so seriously and think we do, but we don't. It's a scripted reality show, not real life. We watch with hope and no expectations, just as we lead our lives, the difference is we are decent and they are not.