The Bachelor is a reality television dating game show that
debuted in 2002 . This United States show airs on the ABC network.
It stars a wealthy bachelor wooed by 25 women. The bachelor narrows
down the 25 and eventually selects one. The show includes series of
group dates until there are few remaining bachelorettes, then they
go on individual dates with the bachelor, and finally overnight
dates and meetings with the bachelor and bachelorettes' families.
The Bachelor may determine whether he would like to propose to the
winner or not.
The series quickly
became a word-of-mouth hit, with dialogue such as "Will you accept
this rose?" and "Most dramatic / shocking rose ceremony ever!"
becoming popular reality TV catchphrases. The runner-up from the
first season, Trista Rehn , later starred in The Bachelorette
, a spin-off show in which the situation was gender-reversed. Over
time viewers began to grow cynical of the "true love" premise, as
every couple from the first five seasons broke up, in some cases
very badly. To sustain interest, a number of twists were introduced.
The fourth season featured Bob Guiney , popular comic relief from
the first season of The Bachelorette . The fifth season
featured NFL player Jesse Palmer . The sixth season had yet another
new twist, as the women of the house were forced to choose between
two eligible bachelors. They chose fisherman Byron Velvick; he
ultimately ended up with none of the original women, as season four
contestant Mary Delgado was returned to the show and became his
As ratings begin to
fall quickly, the show was moved to a new timeslot and city ( New
York City ). The seventh bachelor was Charlie O'Connell , who had
appeared on the series Sliders with his brother Jerry
O'Connell . The new rules were that there "were no rules", as women
fought over group dates, Charlie was allowed to give women roses on
group dates instead of waiting for the rose ceremony, and the
ceremony itself became a forum for bickering and arguing between the
The show was renewed
for an eighth season and first ran on January 9 , 2006 . The season
was set in Paris, France , and featured bachelor Dr. Travis Lane
Stork, a 33-year-old emergency medicine resident from Nashville,
Tennessee and a graduate of Duke University and University of
Virginia . In the final episode that aired on February 27, 2006,
Stork gave the final rose to fellow Nashvillian and kindergarten
teacher Sarah Stone, a 26-year-old University of Tennessee alumna.
Just more than a week after the airing of the finale, and nearly
four months after the eight season wrapped, Stork and Stone
announced they were no longer a couple in a joint interview with
Nashville's daily newspaper, The Tennessean . Both cited
contractual post-production obligations to remain apart as a major
reason the relationship failed. In a season fairly free of wild
behavior, one of the more memorable moments of the involved
bachelorette and fellow doctor Allie Garcia-Serra, who angrily
confronted Travis after she was not given a rose in the first
The show is copyright
and produced by AND Syndicated Productions, Inc.
Host: Chris Harrison
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