The BEST Episodes of The Bachelor
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
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.
#1 - Week Four (S2)
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2002
The ladies sit down with Chris and are told that a personality they took during the application process for the show was actually a compatibility test, to see who is most compatible with Aaron. The three women who are the most compatible will get individual dates with Aaron, and the other three will share him on a group date. First Individual Date: Heather Spa Evening in Santa Barbara The other ladies are surprised when Heather gets the first date box, as they don't see Aaron and Heather together. Aaron expects that she will be very forward and try to kiss him, based on what she said in the previous night's video diary. They take a helicopter up to Santa Barbara, and Heather is smitten by Aaron â€” she says that she finally knows what love means. As they get massages, Heather says she is feeling an incredible attraction between them, and she can see Aaron as the man in her life. Meanwhile, Aaron describes the date as "just fun." They take a hot tub and then go swimming together, where
#2 - Week Six (S2)
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2002
Relationships are intensifying as Aaron and Brooke take a dreamy trip to the island of Kauai; then Aaron and Gwen tour romantic San Francisco and finally, Aaron and Helene have a cozy time in Aspen.
#3 - The Bachelor: The Women Tell All (S2)
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2002
The women who didn't receive roses from Aaron reunite to dish and give their predictions on which of the two women (Brooke or Helene) he's likely to choose on The Bachelor: The Women Tell All. And in a surprising twist, Aaron shows up to the take the heat! The special features previously unseen footage and behind the scenes material from the series. (Brooke and Helene are not included in this special).
#4 - Week Seven (S2)
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2002
Aaron's quest for love comes to an end, but who will he choose? Brooke and Helene vie for his heart, but only one will get the ring. Tune in to find out who the lucky gal is!
#5 - Week Six (S3)
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 7, 2003
#6 - Week Seven (S3)
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2003
#7 - Week Six (S7)
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2005
"Episode 706" - In another outrageous "Bachelor" "first," all three remaining women - Krisily, Sarah B. and Sarah W. -- arrive in Aruba, completely unaware that the others are there -- simultaneously -- for their exotic overnight dates with Charlie. Shocked to see each other when they pull up to the hotel, Chris Harrison explains that, not only will all the dates take place in Aruba, but so will the rose ceremony, which will decide the final two women. The claws come out as the ladies battle to stay in Charlie's heart. Will Sarah W. fan the flame that was reignited during her hometown visit? Will it make any difference to Charlie that Sarah B. refuses his invitation to stay overnight in his room or that Krisily makes a point of telling him that intimacy is a key factor in a relationship? It's a wild, romantic ride with each of the bachelorettes until Charlie must make a heart-wrenching decision to eliminate one of the women, on "The Bachelor," MONDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on th
#8 - Week Six (S1)
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 25, 2002
In Dallas, Texas, Alex explains how he feels good about the final two women he's dating â€” but can't wait to find out what his family thinks of Amanda and Trista. Alex first brings Trista home to meet his folks. Alex admits that his family is a tough group, and that his mother thinks it is too short of a time period to get to know someone. Trista and Alex arrive, and they sit down in the living room for everyone to get to know each other. Alex's sister gets the ball rolling by asking Trista why she thinks they're compatible; Trista explains that she was impressed by his love of family, his love of travel, his attention to education, his innate athleticism, and his kindness and strength in uncomfortable situations. When asked by Alex's mother what she's learned about herself, Trista admits that she's difficult to open up to people, and when Alex's father asks if she is competitive and just wants to win, regardless of the consequences, Trista explains that she wouldn't have let it go this
#9 - Week Two (S2)
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 2002
Host Chris Harrison introduces the 15 remaining women to their 'Ladies' Villa,' the fabulous Malibu mansion where they will live as they prepare for their upcoming group dates. After that, Aaron must present roses to the ten women whom he'd like to continue dating Episode 2 begins with Chris telling the Bachelorettes they need to be packed before each Rose Ceremony. He then directs them to the first date package. First Group Date: Del Mar Race Track Dana, Frances, Gwen, Heather, Helene The group takes a private train to the race track. On the way, Aaron grabs some one-on-one time with Helene, but Gwen keeps a close eye on them. Aaron steps away to call Angela back at the Ladies' Villa and wish her a happy birthday. At the racetrack, the Bachelorettes all place their bets, the winner receiving a surprise. At the Villa, the ladies are all enjoying some pool-side R&R, and Heather from Texas is spraying all of the others with her hairspray in lieu of suntan lotion. Gwen wins the racetrac
#10 - The Bachelor: Aaron and Helene Tell All
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 20, 2003
Nearly 26 million Americans watched as Aaron Buerge proposed marriage to Helene Eksterowicz last November. Now, amidst rumors of a break-up, Aaron and Helene sit down to discuss their relationship. While Aaron has chosen to publicly air his version of events, Helene elected to keep her experience private â€¦ until now. In an interview with Chris Harrison, she breaks her silence for the first time to tell the true story of a relationship built with the whole world watching. Viewers will also hear the future plans of The Bachelorette, Trista Rehn, and her chosen man, and see how dramatically life has changed in the brief time they've been a "public" couple. Is the Bachelorette now the fiancÃ©e? Has a date been set? Are they certain theirs is the love that will last a lifetime? The couple joins Chris Harrison for a very candid interview. This episode started with an interview of Helene alone after she had express a need to talk seperately from Aaron. She explains why, in her words, the rela
#11 - The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? (S3)
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 19, 2003
"The Bachelor: Where Are they Now?" brings back the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars: Christi, Shannon, Heather Texas, Brooke and Gwen from season 2, Bob and Jamie from the Bachelorette, Shannon from season 1 and others. Also, Trista and Ryan go shopping for a wedding dress, and Shannon (season one) meets her new boyfriend's parents. We are also promised a proposal, but we'll have to wait and see.
#12 - Week Five (S3)
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 2003
#13 - The Bachelor: The Women Tell All (S3)
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 2003
#14 - Week 3 (S11)
Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2007
Twelve ladies remain and dates continue! However, all of them are in for a big surprise as Brad's identical twin, Chad, comes for a visit! In the end, which nine ladies know Brad best and stay for another date?
#15 - Week 4 (S11)
Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2007
Nine ladies remain and this week, there'll be a two-on-one date from which only one bachelorette will return! At the end, a total of three ladies will go home.
#16 - Week 6 (S11)
Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2007
The four remaining ladies must now introduce Brad to their parents! After the visits, one bachelorette will be sent home.
#17 - Week 3 (S13)
Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 19, 2009
12 ladies remain and only 10 ladies will be going on dates. There is one group date to visit the Keep-a-Breast foundation and there are two one-on-one dates. One lucky lady sees a special performance by Kate Voegele. At the elimination, the field is reduced to 9.
#18 - After the Final Rose, Part 2 (S13)
Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 3, 2009
After the events of the first After the Final Rose, Chris Harrison catches up with Jason and Molly.
#19 - Week 2: Tractor Race
Season 19 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 12, 2015
An eliminated bachelorette pleads for a second chance; six women join Chris for a pool party.
#20 - Week One (S3)
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 2, 2003
Andrew will meet the 25 women ving for his affections and choose his 15 to continue with on this eight week journey.
#21 - Week 1
Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2013
Spurned Dallas businessman Sean Lowe seeks a second chance at love as the matchmaking contest's Season 17 bachelor.
#22 - Week Four (S1)
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 15, 2002
The remaining four Bachelorettes all get a chance to say goodbye, as they vacate the Ladies' Villa to return to their hometowns and introduce Alex to their families and friends. First Trip: Kim Knowing he hasn't spent very much one-on-one time with Kim, Alex arrives in Phoenix, Arizona and makes a point of getting some private time with her â€¦ and the two go speed boating on a lake! They had a great time, and even managed to sneak in a kiss or three. Afterwards, it was on to Kim's parent's house to meet the family. Alex got to spend time with Kim's mom, dad, two sisters, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. It was important to Kim to see if Alex connected well with kids, which he seemed to â€” up until he accidentally made her nephew cry by playing with him a little too rough. The rest of the visit was pleasant, as Alex seemed to connect well with his date's family. Second Trip: Trista An excited and energetic Alex arrives in St. Louis, Missouri to spend some quality time with Trista and me
#23 - Week 1 (S11)
Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2007
Brad Womack meets the 25 bachelorettes for the first time, but must lower the number to 15 by the end of the night.
#24 - After the Final Rose, Part 1 (S13)
Season 13 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 2, 2009
Host Chris Harrison takes a look back at the season finale with bachelor, Jason and the two finalists, Molly and Melissa. A surprise is in store for both women.