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 aired on the same network. The first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date 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.
All of the rules are adopted from the rules of The Bachelor, its parent show. The series revolves around a single bachelorette (deemed eligible), who is usually a reject from the previous Bachelor season, and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 5), which could include a potential husband for the bachelorette. The show starts with the bachelorette standing in front of the mansion and greets each male contestant individually when they walk out of the limo. After each rose ceremony, the pool of contenders gets smaller, which 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. All thirteen seasons of The Bachelorette have ended with a proposal which the Bachelorette either accepted or declined. Trista Rehn's marriage to Ryan Sutter, Ashley Hebert's marriage to JP Rosenbaum, and Desiree Hartsock's marriage to Chris Siegfried have been the only marriages to result. The weddings of the former two were broadcast on ABC.
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.
Followed by Season 13 which was the first season to have an African-American contestant, Rachel Lindsay, as the lead in the entirety of the Bachelor franchise.
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 believe 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. By season 8, there were numerous complaints when the entire cast of The Bachelorette overtly acted out the show's written script with the cast of The Muppets.
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. The California estate was not used during some seasons including season 3 that was filmed 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.
|#||Original run||Bachelorette||Number of contestants||Winner||Runner-up||Proposal||Still together||Relationship notes|
|1||January 8–February 19, 2003||Trista Rehn||25||Ryan Sutter||Charlie Maher||Yes||Yes||Rehn and Sutter were married on December 6, 2003 on national television. As of 2018, they are still together and have two children, Max (born July 2007) and Blakesley (born April 2009).|
|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. In 2011, Phillips married her high school boyfriend, Michael Broady.|
|3||January 10–February 28, 2005||Jennifer "Jen" Schefft||Jerry Ferris||John Paul Merritt||Yes[a]||No||During the first live final rose ceremony, Schefft chose Ferris, an art gallery director, over Meritt. Ferris proposed to Schefft, but she rejected his proposal, stating that the chemistry was not there. Schefft would go on to marry Chicago public relations executive Joe Waterman in May 2009; they have two children, Mae Elizabeth and Charlotte Grace. Ferris is now married to Natasha Goss and have a son together.|
|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. Csincsak is now married to The Bachelor season 13 contestant Ann Lueders and have three children together. Pappas ultimately married high school teacher Stephen Stagliano in October 2011, whose brother, Michael, would become a contestant on the fifth season of The Bachelorette. The couple have two children, Addison (born March 2014) and Austin (born March 2016).|
|5||May 18–July 28, 2009||Jillian Harris||30||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. Swiderski is now married to news reporter Natalie Bomke. Harris is engaged to Justin Pasutto and they welcomed first child, Leo, on August 5, 2016.|
|6||May 24–August 2, 2010||Ali Fedotowsky||25||Roberto Martinez||Chris Lambton||Yes||No||Fedotowsky and Martinez got engaged in the season finale, but the couple broke up in November 2011. However, they remained friends. Fedotowsky is now married to Kevin Manno. They welcomed their first child, Molly Sullivan, on July 6, 2016. In November 2017, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child in May 2018.|
|7||May 23–August 1, 2011||Ashley Hebert||J.P. Rosenbaum||Ben Flajnik||Yes||Yes||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 – Fordham, born on September 30, 2014, and Essex, born on November 4, 2016.|
|8||May 14–July 23, 2012||Emily Maynard||Jef Holm||Arie Luyendyk Jr.||Yes||No||Maynard and Holm ended their relationship in October 2012. In June 2014, Maynard married Tyler Johnson, whom she met at church. They have three sons: Jennings Tyler (born May 2015), Gibson Kyle (born September 2016), and Gatlin Avery (born November 2017).|
|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 Seattle, Washington. They welcomed their first child, Asher Siegfried, on October 19, 2016.|
|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. In June 2016, Murray became engaged to Bachelor season 20 contestant Amanda Stanton, whom he met on season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, however they called off their engagement in December 2016.|
|11||May 18–July 27, 2015||Kaitlyn Bristowe||26||Shawn Booth||Yes||Yes||Bristowe and her fellow The Bachelor season 19 contestant Britt Nilsson were selected as candidates. In the second episode, the men chose Bristowe to be the Bachelorette. Kaitlyn picked Shawn Booth, and the two are still engaged as of April 2018.|
|12||May 23–August 1, 2016||Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher||Jordan Rodgers||Robby Hayes||Yes||Yes||Rodgers proposed to Fletcher in the finale, and the two are still engaged as of April 2018.|
|13||May 22–August 7, 2017||Rachel Lindsay||31||Bryan Abasolo||Peter Kraus||Yes||Yes||Lindsay and Abasolo are still engaged as of April 2018.|
|14||May 28, 2018||Rebecca "Becca" Kufrin||To be announced|
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Avg. Viewers
|After the Final Rose
|1||Wednesday 9:00 pm||January 8, 2003||February 19, 2003||2002–03|
|2||January 14, 2004||February 26, 2004||2003–04|
|3||Monday 9:00 pm[i]||January 10, 2005||March 21, 2005||2004–05|
|4||Monday 8:00 pm[ii]||May 19, 2008||July 7, 2008||2007–08|
|5||Monday 8:00 pm[iii]||May 18, 2009||July 28, 2009||2008–09|
|6||May 24, 2010||August 2, 2010||2009–10|
|7||May 23, 2011||9.02||August 1, 2011||9.75||9.31||20010–11||8.33|
|8||Monday 8:00 pm[iv]||May 14, 2012||8.05||July 23, 2012||8.86||8.80||2011–12||7.50|
|9||Monday 8:00 pm||May 27, 2013||5.99||August 5, 2013||8.94||8.31||2012–13||6.75|
|10||Monday 8:00 pm[v]||May 19, 2014||7.17||July 28, 2014||8.00||8.15||2013–14||6.76|
|11||Monday 8:00 pm[vi]||May 18, 2015||7.10||July 27, 2015||8.13||7.94||2014–15||6.86|
|12||Monday 8:00 pm[iii]||May 23, 2016||6.63||August 1, 2016||8.57||8.10||2015–16||6.83|
|13||May 22, 2017||5.66||August 7, 2017||7.57||2016–17||5.89|
|14||Monday 8:00 pm||May 28, 2018||2017–18|
|Australia ||The Bachelorette Australia||Osher Günsberg||Network Ten||September 23, 2015|
|Canada ||The Bachelorette Canada||Noah Cappe||W Network||September 13, 2016|
|Denmark ||Drømmekvinden||TV Danmark||September 12, 2004|
|Finland ||Bachelorette Suomi||TBA|
|Germany||Die Bachelorette||RTL||November 24, 2004|
|India||The Bachelorette India||Life OK|
|New Zealand ||The Bachelorette New Zealand||TV3||TBA|
|Romania ||Burlăcița||Cătălin Botezatu (Season 1)
Bogdan Vlădău (Season 2)
Radu Vălcan (Season 3)
|Antena 1||July 7, 2011|
|Slovenia||Sanjska ženska||POP TV||1st season: 2005
2nd season: 2006
|Sweden||Bachelorette Sverige||TV3||March 27, 2011|
|Switzerland ||Die Bachelorette||3+||April 27, 2015|
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.
The Bachelorette is back in full swing, and with it, all the scripted drama, misleading promos and man tears we've come to expect over the years... This Muppets thing is weird. Beyond weird. Emily asks Kermit to help zip her dress and the Miss Piggy throws a tantrum. Mr. Hostman has a conversation with one half of the cranky old man duo. They're all pretending the Muppets are real people. Really, producers? REALLY?... Miss Piggy has Joe write a poem on the spot. Charlie starts sweating bullets. Jef has to propose to Miss Piggy.