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The Bachelor

The Bachelor

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Photo Credit:  ABC/Craig Sjodin
  • Premiered: 
    March 25, 2002
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Mike Fleiss 
  • Subject Matter: Relationship
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Plot Synopsis

A group of women live together, compete against each other, and vie for the affection of one attractive and accomplished Bachelor while he eliminates at least one woman at the end of each episode in a Rose Ceremony. In this weekly ceremony, he presents a rose to each of the women he wishes to continue dating. If a woman does not get a rose, she is eliminated and must leave the house. During the first few weeks, the Bachelor goes on a series of dates -- group dates, one-on-one dates, and two-on-dates -- to get to know the women better as he searches for his soul mate. When only four women are left, he goes on hometown visits to meet their families. After these hometown visits, he eliminates one woman and then goes on an overnight date to different exotic locales with each of the three remaining women. Once he's chosen the last two women, the Bachelor's family and each of the women's families meet while the Bachelor decides on his future relationship. In the last episode of each season, the Bachelor gives the Final Rose to one lucky lady and asks for a level of commitment, ranging from marriage to an exclusive dating relationship. THE BACHELOR returned for its eighteenth season on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT, with Juan Pablo Galavis, the sexy single father from Miami, Florida, ready to find love. In anticipation of the season premiere, ABC broadcast a brand-new, one-hour special, "Countdown to Juan Pablo," on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT. This special took a behind-the-scenes look at Juan Pablo's everyday life in Miami, his family and his endearing relationship with his four-year-old daughter, Camila. Plus, "Countdown" revealed how the show's casting process works and took an in-depth look at several of the bachelorettes. Season 19 of THE BACHELOR premiered on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) as a live, three-hour event -- the first time in BACHELOR history. In the 19th edition, Chris Soules, the stylish farmer from Iowa sent home by Andi Dorfman on THE BACHELORETTE, is ready to search for the one missing piece in his life: true love. But he starts his journey with a record 30 women in the opening show. On Monday, January 4, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the 20th season of THE BACHELOR. The new season opens with Ben Higgins, 26, a handsome and charming small town guy from Warsaw, Indiana meeting 28 potential soul mates, as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the season premiere, Ben prepares for the night of his life as the 28 beautiful bachelorettes, all clamoring to meet him, begin to arrive. Jami reveals that she's friends with Kaitlyn Bristowe. Ben is left speechless when first a stunning Emily and then her identical twin sister, Haley, arrive and ask for a group hug. Lace has a few moves of her own and boldly and memorably kisses Ben. The fun continues as cowgirl Maegan arrives with a sidekick -- a mini horse -- and they both get invited inside. There is JoJo with her unicorn mask, and Lauren R. is so nervous, she forgets to tell Ben her name. Mandi shows off her slick moves with patients when the demonstrative dentist grabs Ben for a private exam. But everyone is stunned as two late arrivals -- Becca, runner-up on Chris Soules' season and Amber, also an alumna from Chris' season and "Bachelor in Paradise" -- make a game changing entrance. A persistent Lace seizes the opportunity to attempt to give Ben the season's first real kiss with unexpected results. Ben makes his first difficult decision as he offers the much-sought-after first impression rose to an intimidatingly beautiful bachelorette. The long, stressful evening ends on a high note for 21 lucky women, who will continue on the path to capture Ben's heart -- except for one daring woman, who takes Ben aside to scold him for something he neglected to do. Season 21 of THE BACHELOR premiered on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC, with the newest Bachelor, the controversial fan-favorite Nick Viall. In the season opener, a trio of popular former Bachelors -- Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -- offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all-new pressures and responsibilities. Their words of wisdom calm him as limos start to arrive with 30 amazing bachelorettes all eager to make a lasting first impression. One confident woman is way ahead of the field -- she steps out of the limo with none other than famed jeweler Neil Lane and points out the engagement ring she prefers. Another woman reveals her linguistic skills and still another exposes a quirky obsession. A number of the ladies decide to wear red to stand out -- but now, it backfires, as those in other colors are more prominent. Nick is blindsided by the arrival of a mysterious woman from his past. The secret they share threatens to derail his search for love. What are her intentions? Once inside the mansion, the party really gets started, as the women compete to spark a special connection with the handsome Bachelor. A battle breaks out over which of the bachelorettes will land the first kiss. Although Nick tries his best to give all the women the attention they deserve, the women who haven't had any time with him begin to panic. In the end, Nick's instant chemistry with one stunning bachelorette helps her capture the coveted first impression rose. The stakes are high and as the evening winds down, it's time for the first rose ceremony. Twenty-two lucky women will continue on the journey to win Nick's heart.
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ABC premieres the 22nd season of THE BACHELOR in January 2018 with Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. Six years ago, Arie was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love. After a tearful exit on Emily's season of ABC's THE BACHELORETTE, Arie stepped away from the spotlight and focused on his new career in real estate, which has brought him tremendous success. Even though he has been gone from Bachelor Nation, America hasn't forgotten Arie's rugged good looks and charm. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Next Entertainment
  • In association with Warner Horizon Television