The BEST Episodes of The Bachelor
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 4, 2021
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
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.
#2 - Week Six
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 Women Tell All
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
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
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 7, 2003
#6 - Week Seven
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2003
#7 - Week Six
Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2005
All three remaining women arrive in Aruba, completely unaware that the others are there for their exotic overnight dates with Charlie.
#8 - Week Six
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 but can't wait to find out what his family thinks of Amanda and Trista.
#9 - Week Two
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.
#10 - Week Five
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 30, 2003
#11 - The Women Tell All
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 14, 2003
#12 - Week 3
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?
#13 - Week 4
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.
#14 - Week 6
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.
#15 - Week 3
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.
#16 - After the Final Rose, Part 2
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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - Week One
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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - Week Four
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.
#21 - Week 1
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.
#22 - After the Final Rose, Part 1
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.
#23 - Week 10
Season 15 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 14, 2011
#24 - The Women Tell All
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 25, 2002
A "reunion" special, of sorts, 'The Bachelor: Women Tell All' brings back the 23 women Alex rejected to "dish" about the experience, the other women, and the Bachelor. This special episode will reveal new footage, never before viewed behind-the-scenes clips, and one-on-one interviews between our favorite Bachelorettes and host, Chris Harrison.
#25 - Week 1
Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 5, 2009
Single dad, Jason Mesnick, is the thirteenth bachelor who will choose from 25 women in his quest to find true love. Mesnick is best known for being rejected by DeAnna Pappas in 2008's edition of The Bachelorette.