The Bachelor

10 Worst Episodes of The Bachelor

The series revolves around a bachelor who chooses a potential wife from among 25 women. The show follows the bachelor as he goes on a series of dates with the women, some of them group dates, some one-on-one dates. On each episode women are eliminated, generally during the rose ceremony at the end of the episode, but sometimes on the dates (during what are called "elimination dates"). The process culminates towards the end of the season with a few of the women going on overnight dates, and meetings between the bachelor, the women, and their respective families. At the end of the show, the bachelor chooses one woman with whom he would like to continue a relationship. Sometimes he proposes marriage, sometimes other levels of commitment.The runner-up from the first season, Trista Rehn, later starred in The Bachelorette, a spin-off program in which the format is gender-reversed.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 06, 2023.

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#10 - Week 3 (Season 19 - Episode 3)

Jimmy Kimmel surprises Bachelor Chris and the 18 remaining women by taking over the show as guest host for this episode. A long-time avid fan of the franchise, he informs them that he is there to help Chris on his journey to find a wife to bring home to Arlington, Iowa. He introduces the bachelorettes to his "Amazing Jar," plans dates and winds up in a hot tub - all in the name of love.

The episode was rated 6.58 from 19 votes.

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#9 - Week One (S1) (Season 1 - Episode 1)


In the premiere episode, we meet the Bachelor, Alex, and learn about his past. Alex then hosts a cocktail party and is introduced to the women for the first time. By the end of the evening, he faces the daunting task of selecting 15 whom he would like to know better, and presents each one with a single red rose. But at this point and at every point thereafter, the women can either accept or decline the Bachelor's invitation to continue on the journey. After much deliberation, Alex offered a rose to Kim, Cathy, Trista, Amy, Alexa, LaNease, Tina, Angelique, Rhonda, Christina, Katie, Amanda, Angela, Melissa and Shannon. The women who accepted the rose will now move into a sprawling mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean for much of their courtship with the Bachelor.

The episode was rated 6.52 from 31 votes.

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#8 - Week 3 (Season 17 - Episode 3)

Sean takes the ladies to Malibu for a game of beach volleyball, after which the winners spend the evening with him and the losers return to the mansion. Elsewhere, one of his romantic encounters has the potential to break a world record for the longest on-screen kiss. Thirteen women remain after the rose ceremony.

The episode was rated 6.50 from 12 votes.

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#7 - The Women Tell All (Season 25 - Episode 9)


Fifteen women return to relive the romance and rehash the rivalries from their journeys to find love; Serena P. and Matt face each other for the first time since her emotional hometown date exit; a sneak peek at the remainder of the season.

The episode was rated 6.49 from 39 votes.

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#6 - Week 1 (Season 17 - Episode 1)

Spurned Dallas businessman Sean Lowe seeks a second chance at love as the matchmaking contest's Season 17 bachelor.

The episode was rated 6.43 from 14 votes.

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#5 - Week 11 (Season 25 - Episode 11)


The two final women meet Matt's family and enjoy one last date before he hands out the final rose; a shocking last-minute development threatens to alter the course of Matt's entire journey.

The episode was rated 6.43 from 47 votes.

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#4 - Week 9: Fantasy Suites (Season 26 - Episode 10)

Clayton and the three remaining ladies travel to Iceland, where they each enjoy passionate dates; one woman's questions send Clayton reeling.

The episode was rated 6.41 from 34 votes.

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#3 - The Women Tell All (Season 26 - Episode 9)


Clayton's former flames reunite to hash out their differences, clear up any misunderstandings and apologize -- or not -- for bad behavior; a few special surprises and bloopers.

The episode was rated 6.35 from 23 votes.

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#2 - Finale and After the Final Rose (Season 27 - Episode 11)

Zach introduces Gabi and Kaity to his family. A live studio audience watches as Jesse Palmer sits down with Zach and his three final women to watch the emotional conclusion of his journey.

The episode was rated 6.33 from 27 votes.

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#1 - Week 10 Part 2: After the Final Rose (Season 26 - Episode 12)


Clayton faces the three women he fell in love with; Jesse Palmer guides emotional conversations throughout the evening as the bombshell conclusion to Clayton's season plays out.

The episode was rated 6.33 from 30 votes.

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