The Bachelor is an American reality television dating show which debuted in 2002 on ABC. The show is hosted by Chris Harrison, and there are three related series: The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad, and Bachelor in Paradise. The series revolves around a single bachelor or bachelorette who has about twenty-five individuals of the opposite gender to “choose” from.
When I say choose, I literally mean choose; this bachelor or bachelorette gets to pick who from the group will be sent home each week. Candidates are eliminated throughout the season, and the candidate left at the end of the show will potentially be proposed to by the bachelor or bachelorette him/herself.
So why do women watch a show that seems so unrealistic?
1) Many people believe that Monday is the worst day of the week. The weekend is unfortunately over; the work week is just beginning… What a dull day. But there is always something to look forward to Monday night. The Bachelor is on at 8 pm!
2) The show is a conversation starter – fans are already talking about relationships, friendships, and what they do or don’t agree with from the episode just minutes after it ends. Not only does it create talk about who people think will win the current season, but it also sparks conversation about who fans think the next Bachelor or Bachelorette will be. Gossip is just oh so appealing.
3) Each season, we devoted watchers know that Chris Harrison will promise us “the most dramatic season yet.” The dates will be unbelievably expensive and our version of “dream dates.” We know that some of the candidates will be quite close to the dictionary definition of crazy. The predictability and craziness of the show is what keeps us coming back for more.
4) After watching an episode, you have to admit that some of the candidates on the show embarrass themselves, and it’s pretty funny to watch. For example, how about the girls that claim to be “searching for the perfect husband” but are falling over drunk their first night? The bad outfits, over-applied makeup, and unfortunate mishaps of some of the candidates almost make us, as viewers, feel better about ourselves.
The Bachelor is one of the few reality shows which keep making new seasons. This just shows its success each year. As women, we love the unrealistic expectations, gossip, drama, and appeal of the show – it’s what reels us in for the ride, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting off this roller coaster any time soon.