The Bachelor

The BEST seasons of The Bachelor

Every season of The Bachelor ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons 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.

Last Updated: 12/1/2022Network:ABC (US)
Season 13
1 votes

#1 - Season 13

First Aired 1/6/2009

The show features a previous contestant from the ABC show The Bachelorette and the series' first single parent from Kirkland, Washington, Jason Mesnick, counting 25 women. Mesnick became the second former The Bachelorette suitor ever competed on The Bachelor since Bob Guiney of season 1 of The Bachelorette and season 4 of The Bachelor.

Season 15
2 votes

#2 - Season 15

First Aired 1/4/2011

38-year old Brad Womack, who previously appeared as the Bachelor in season 11, where he rejected both of his final two women, returned as the Bachelor for this season, counting 30 women, unlike the 25 in previous seasons. Womack became the first bachelor on The Bachelor twice.

Season 17
5 votes

#3 - Season 17

First Aired 1/8/2013

This season features 28-year-old Sean Lowe, a former Kansas State football player from McKinney, Texas. Lowe placed third as a contestant during the eighth season of The Bachelorette with Emily Maynard.

Season 19
7 votes

#4 - Season 19

First Aired 1/6/2015

Season 16
3 votes

#5 - Season 16

First Aired 1/3/2012

This show features a previous contestant from The Bachelorette, a winemaker and owner of Envolve wines, from Sonoma, California, Ben Flajnik, who finished runner-up in the seventh season of that show. This season returns with 25 women featured in the competition, excluding a senior citizen.

Season 21
13 votes

#6 - Season 21

First Aired 1/3/2017

When Bachelorette Andi Dorfman said goodbye to Nick Viall just as he was preparing to pick out a ring for her, he was devastated. When Nick walked up to Kaitlyn Bristowe with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home, he was crushed. How could one man endure so much heartbreak? If you believe that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," Nick Viall, 36 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is back stronger than ever, ready and eager to begin his search for true love on the 21st season.

Season 23
16 votes

#7 - Season 23

First Aired 1/8/2019

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of “The Bachelorette.” It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca’s heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love.

Season 20
12 votes

#8 - Season 20

First Aired 1/5/2016

Season 24
15 votes

#9 - Season 24

First Aired 1/7/2020

Airline pilot Peter Weber flew into the hearts of women everywhere and left all of America shocked and heartbroken when Bachelorette Hannah Brown decided to end their relationship. Now Peter is back and ready to once again capture hearts across the nation when he returns for another shot at love as the star of the season 24.

Season 18
6 votes

#10 - Season 18

First Aired 1/7/2014

Season 22
16 votes

#11 - Season 22

First Aired 1/2/2018

Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie's future wife, but he hasn't been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America's heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season.

Season 26
5 votes

#12 - Season 26

First Aired 1/4/2022

Following an emotional and tear-stained exit from season 18 of “The Bachelorette,” Clayton Echard steps into the role of “The Bachelor” for season 26, kicking off the series’ landmark 20th year.

Season 25
8 votes

#13 - Season 25

First Aired 1/5/2021

Join 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder Matt James on his journey to find love for the first time.