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The Bachelorette is a reality game show that airs on the ABC network. The show was created as a counterpart to The Bachelor and features one eligible, single female who narrows down a field of 25 to 30 men as a potential husband. In the final episode, one of the two men remaining proposes to the bachelorette who can then accept or refuse. The original series aired from 2003 to 2005 and returned in 2008 for its current run.

The popular series has seen its share of drama, with many contestants of both sexes crossing over from The Bachelor and competing from the opposite position. Generally, the runner-up from each show becomes an eligible party the following season. Over eight seasons of The Bachelorette, three of the final couples have broken up, two of the ladies ended up marrying someone not related to the series and one relationship from season seven remains in question. The only success story thus far has been from season one winners Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter who married and have two children together.

While devised as a novel way for people to meet, get to know one another and possibly marry, The Bachelorette does present some negative stereotypes in the dating world, namely the focus on looks and potential. Relationships end for a variety of reasons, on or off television, but this show seems to prove it is difficult to quantify something as mysterious as human chemistry.

Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
13 Seasons, 144 Episodes
January 8, 2003
Drama, Reality
3.1/10
Cast: Chris Harrison
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The Bachelorette Full Episode Guide

  • Rachel sends one man home from the two-on-one date. After the rose ceremony, Rachel and the remaining bachelors travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, where a group of guys take part in spirited Viking-style games. Later, Rachel takes one lucky suitor on a day trip to Sweden, before she and the men travel Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Rachel and a handsome suitor welcome the oyster culture of Bluffton, S.C. Following the rose ceremony, Rachel and the remaining bachelors travel to Oslo, Norway, where she and one lucky boy rappel down a giant Olympic ski jump. Later, Rachel takes bitter rivals on the dreaded two-on-one date.

  • Rachel and the boys travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C., where one bachelor battles with a fear of heights on the Goodyear Blimp. Later, Rachel and her date go to a private concert by Russell Dickerson; and the bachelors participate in a spelling bee.

  • DeMario pleads with Rachel for a second chance; two of the eliminated suitors argue loudly outside the mansion after the rose ceremony; Rachel takes six men on a group date to ``The Ellen DeGeneres Show''; eight of the bachelors mud wrestle.

  • Rachel takes eight lucky men to a backyard barbecue in Malibu where Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis assist with a husband material obstacle course. Later, Rachel takes one bachelor to a Palm Springs dog festival; and 10 men spend the day with NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At the cocktail party, a surprise guest crashes the event and asks to see Rachel.

  • Rachel turns to friends she made on "The Bachelor'' to discuss her hopes; Rachel meets the bachelors, trying to make time to talk to each one; 23 men remain at the end of the evening.

  • JoJo reviews the season in a live interview with host Chris Harrison. Joining her are the last two bachelors Jordan and Robby.

  • JoJo introduces Jordan and Robby to her family and they instantly connect with one of them. JoJo wrestles with choosing between the two men, as her emotion-filled adventure comes to an explosive close.

  • It's an exciting, unpredictable reunion viewers won't want to miss as JoJo faces some of the most memorable bachelors from this season including Alex, Chad, Chase, Christian, Daniel, Derek, Evan, Grant, James Taylor, Luke and Wells who have returned to tell their side of the story. A first look at the third season of ABC's highly anticipated hot summer series, Bachelor in Paradise, will be featured, along with a preview of the explosive final days of JoJo's journey to find love.

  • The rose ceremony following the hometown dates continues and one suitor is eliminated. Later, JoJo and the three remaining men travel to Thailand for their exotic overnight dates, where JoJo discovers she is in love with two guys.

  • JoJo and the guys travel to the Argentinian countryside, where JoJo must determine which four men will have the chance to take her home to meet their families.

  • JoJo spends the day at the pool with the bachelors in the aftermath of the recent events. After the rose ceremony, the bachelors head to Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania where a suitor gets a one-on-one date in the woods.

  • Chase and Jojo enjoy a hot yoga date and a surprise private performance from country celebrity Charles Kelley. Later, one suitor causes static when he announces he doesn't want to go on the group date. Chad continues to cause drama.

  • JoJo takes 10 lucky men to a firefighter training building where they take on boot camp-like challenges. Next, one excited man gets the first 1-on-1 date of the season and is taken to San Francisco for a picnic by the Golden Gate Bridge. The next day, JoJo meets six men on the set of ESPN's "SportsNation" where they get to meet hosts Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley, who try to help JoJo find the best guy.

  • In the twelfth season premiere, bachelorette JoJo Fletcher receives advice from past Bachelorettes before she welcomes 26 bachelors to the mansion.

The Bachelorette News

Leah Block Apologizes for Racist 'Bachelorette' Tweet

Her apology doesn't make much sense, though.

Rachel Lindsay Speaks Out About Racial Tension on 'Bachelorette'

The show's lead is forced to confront the undercurrent of racism that has threatened the series this season.

Will Racial Tensions Derail 'The Bachelorette'?

Accusations of racism on the part of one of the contestants rock the series on its return after a short break.

Controversial Contestant Stirs Trouble on 'The Bachelorette'

Lee Garrett has been accused of posting racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks on social media.

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