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Since its debut in 2002, The Bachelor has captivated audiences across the country by intertwining the romantic escapades of several young women vying for the attention of one elusive bachelor. The premise of the show is quite simple: a sexy new bachelor is chosen each year, along with a pool of single women. In most seasons, there have been 25 women in the running, though occasionally more have been added to this pool. As the bachelor gets to know the women, he chooses who he would like to keep around by presenting each of those women with a red rose at a rose ceremony. Those who do not receive a rose must leave the show.

In order to get to know the women better, the bachelor goes on a series of dates with his different prospects. Initially, many of these are group dates, making it difficult for the women to make an impression. As more women are sent home and the number of prospective mates dwindles, more intimate dates are set up for each of the women and the bachelor. Audiences have watched these tales unfold again and again for more than ten years, riveted by the romantic plot lines and drama that often erupts amongst the ladies.

The show cumilates in the final selection of the woman the bachelor has chosen. The bachelor narrows down his options to two different women, generally heading with them to their hometown to meet their families and see where they grew up. After this segment of the show is complete, the bachelor reveals who he wants to date. In many seasons, the bachelor has even proposed. Although many of these couples have not lasted, some have gone on to marry and enjoy a happy life together.

The success of The Bachelor has led to several spin off series, including The Bachelorette, where the roles are reversed. Both shows have maintained followings with millions of men and women, all of whom are eager to weigh in on the action. The Bachelor concept has also been adapted for an international audience, with several different variations of The Bachelor in production across the globe.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
22 Seasons, 228 Episodes
March 25, 2002
Drama, Reality
3.0/10
Cast: Chris Harrison
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The Bachelor Full Episode Guide

  • As the charming race car driver intensifies his search for his soul mate among the 18 remaining women, Arie selects eight women to battle for supremacy in the wrestling arena with two top veterans of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) – Ursula Hayden and Angelina Altishin – sharing their secrets of success in the ring. The undercard will feature a surprise guest, Kenny “Pretty Boy Pit Bull” King from Bachelorette Rachel's season, who will take on the Bachelor himself. Lauren S. is the lucky recipient of a romantic one-on-one date with Arie to a Napa Valley vineyard. “The Dynamo Dogs,” a group of lovable canines, and seven of the women perform together, becoming the stage sensation “Arie's Amazing Acrodogs,” with Chris Harrison and gifted comic actor Fred Willard offering their hilarious commentary. One woman's best romantic intentions are put to the tough test at the cocktail party.

  • Arie selects eight women for a wrestling-themed date; one-on-one date at a vineyard.

  • Arie's search for love gets off to a fast start with back-to-back one-on-one dates with Becca K. and Krystal. The Bachelor transports Becca K., via a slick motorcycle ride, to a breathtaking oceanside Malibu mansion, where celebrity fashion designer Rachel Zoe works her magic on Arie's date. Krystal looks to a possible future with the Bachelor when she visits his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., and meets his family. But she is concealing a dark secret that might scare Arie away.

  • In the Season 22 premiere, Arie meets with Sean and Catherine Lowe and their son, Samuel, before his journey begins. At the mansion, he meets the bachelorettes, including a "kissing bandit" and a woman who gives him compliments in Dutch, his second language.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s life, family and love of racing.

  • Nick recaps the season in a discussion with Chris Harrison.

  • Nick introduces the remaining two bachelorettes to his family, and takes them each on one more date before choosing which one to propose to.

  • Nick Viall confronts 19 of the most memorable women he sent packing as they talk about the season.

  • Andi Dorfman surprises Nick right before he delivers roses to three of the four remaining girls. From there, Nick and his last three visit Lapland, Finland, for one week of cold, snowy days and warm, romantic evenings.

  • The shocking surprises proceed on what should be four compelling hometown dates if Nick's quest continues.

  • The nine remaining girls go to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Nick finds out the details of a dark-haired beauty's tragic life. Later, a group date with six gals goes awry; and a two-on-one outing sends Nick's adventure into a tailspin.

  • The 13 remaining single ladies head to New Orleans, where Nick chooses one lucky gal to accompany him on a date.

  • The Backstreet Boys bring a group date card; Nick takes one lucky gal on an out-of-this-world trip on a Zero G plane; seven bachelorettes take part in a "Nickathalon"; a surprise pool bash takes an ugly turn.

  • One hopeful bachelorette conceals her secret history with Nick; 12 gals go to a wedding photo shoot with Nick; Nick whips away one lucky lady to a private yacht; Nick meets six women at Hollywood's Museum of Broken Relationships where each girl does a mimic breakup with Nick; Nick does something surprising that no one could have foreseen.

  • Season 21 opens with bachelor Nick Viall being introduced to 30 beautiful bachelorettes, each vying for his attention and the coveted first-impression rose. By the end of the first rose ceremony, only 22 women will remain.

  • A close look at the newest bachelor, Nick Viall; bachelorette profiles; unforgettable arrival moments from the show's past.

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The Bachelor Video Clips & Extras

Deleted Scene: Annaliese Catches a Frog Instead of a Kiss Clip (00:01) "The Bachelor" WOW Moment Week 3: Arie Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Lauren S. Clip (00:01) A Cuddly Contest for Aries Heart Clip (00:01) Arie and Krystal Have Chemistry in Deleted Scene Clip (00:01) WOW Moments - Arie Surprises Becca In More Ways Than One Clip (00:01) Drama Arises Over Time with Arie Clip (00:01) Emotions Run High During Group Date Clip (00:01)