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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, 236 Episodes
March 25, 2002
Drama, Reality
Cast: Chris Harrison
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The Bachelor Full Episode Guide

  • Arie, Becca and Lauren all will be together in front of a studio audience with host Chris Harrison to discuss one of the most emotional, stunning endings to any Bachelor season. Arie will take Bachelor Nation back to those weeks in Peru with Becca and Lauren. What was behind his unexpected decision that blindsided both of them? What will the women have to say to Arie when they see him? Special guests, including some of the provocative women from this season, Bekah M., Kendall, Seinne and Tia, will discuss Arie's dilemma and his astonishing choices.

  • The Bachelor prepares to make one of the most difficult choices of his life, having narrowed down the field to two women with whom he is madly in love

  • Arie takes his final three women - Becca K., Kendall and Lauren B. - to Peru for adventurous, romantic overnight dates. Arie acknowledges that he has fallen in love with two incredible women and has professed his love to both. However, a blockbuster surprise threatens to derail Arie's fairy tale ending.

  • Arie Luyendyk Jr. confronts 18 of the most memorable women he sent packing as they talk about the season.

  • Arie meets Kendall's parents in L.A.; travels to Weiner, Ark., where Tia's parents batter him with questions; stops in Prior Lake, Minn., for a romantic afternoon with Becca K.; and endures a tense dinner with Lauren B.'s family in Virginia Beach, Va.

  • In Paris, Lauren B. and Arie are whisked away on a luxury speed boat down the Seine River and then tour the city's tourist attractions. Arie also surprises a group of the women with a visit to the legendary dance hall, Moulin Rouge. Krystal and Kendall face off during a two-on-one date that ends with a romantic kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower for one woman. The final date goes to Jacqueline, but a clash in lifestyles might be a deal breaker for Arie.

  • Chelsea receives the first one-on-one date in Ft. Lauderdale. Arie swoops in to take her on a 100-foot luxury yacht, but her checkered past may endanger her getting a rose. Eleven women split into two teams for a day of competitive bowling with the winner going to a private after-party. Tia and Arie travel to the Sawtooth Park Reserve, riding an air boat through the Florida swamps, but then she reveals her daunting past, which might spell the end for this happy couple.

  • Arie and the 15 remaining bachelorettes leave the Bachelor mansion behind and begin a cross-country trip to continue their search for love. First stop? South Lake Tahoe, Nevada! Seinne gets the first one-on-one date and joins Arie on a sheer adrenaline date: parasailing. Meanwhile, one woman gets a critical phone call that might change her romantic journey. A dozen ladies hike into the snowy wilderness on a survival-themed group date where they get a crash course in roughing it in the woods from professional survivalists. Arie invites Bekah M. on a romantic horseback ride through the picturesque mountainside of Lake Tahoe. However, he is about to learn a closely guarded secret about Bekah that might put an end to the couple's possible happy ending. Finally, one bachelorette interrupts the rose ceremony to plead her case to Arie and enrages the rest of the women.

  • 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

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