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Here’s every ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ season in order, including all ‘Bachelor Nation’ spinoffs

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The Bachelor is one of the longest-running reality shows in the U.S., and its incredible success opened the door to several spinoff series, each one with more drama than the last. Among tears and heartbreaks, at the end of the day, many were the people who managed to find love this way; sure, that love isn’t always long-lasting, but for the viewers, that matters less than the journey.

In a franchise with so many seasons, few are brave enough to start watching from the beginning, but if you’re determined to take a deep dive into the Bachelor Nation, look no further; here’s every single Bachelor Nation season released so far, organized in chronological order.

The Bachelor — season 1

Premiere date: March 25, 2002

The first-ever Bachelor was Alex Michel, who entered into a relationship with the winner — Amanda Marsh — despite choosing not to propose to her in the season finale.

The Bachelor — season 2

Premiere date: Sept. 25, 2002

Featuring Aaron Buerge as the Bachelor, this season ended with Helene Eksterowicz being chosen as the winner, and the much-awaited proposal taking place.

The Bachelorette — season 1

Premiere date: Jan. 8, 2003

This spinoff’s first Bachelorette was Trista Rehn, and Ryan Sutter was the lucky guy chosen by Rehn at the season finale. Rehn had appeared as a contestant on season 1 of The Bachelor, finishing as the runner-up.

The Bachelor — season 3

Premiere date: March 24, 2003

Andrew Firestone was this season’s Bachelor, and his heart was conquered by Jen Schefft – to whom he proposed at the end of the season.

The Bachelor — season 4

Premiere date: Sept. 24, 2003

With Bob Guiney as Bachelor of the season, contestant Estella Gardinier took the winner’s crown. While there was no ring involved, the couple made their relationship official.

The Bachelorette — season 2

Premiere date: Jan. 14, 2004

This season featured Bachelorette Meredith Phillips, and the big winner was Ian Mckee – who proposed to Phillips after being chosen.

The Bachelor — season 5

Premiere date: April 7, 2004

This season’s winner was Jessica Bowlin, who continued dating Bachelor Jesse Palmer – despite lacking a proposal.

Spoiler alert: This isn’t the last time you’ll see Jesse Palmer. In January 2022, Palmer replaced long-time Bachelor host Chris Harrison.

The Bachelor — season 6

Premiere date: Sept. 22, 2004

Bachelor Byron Velvick’s chosen one ended up being contestant Mary Delgado – to whom he proposed during the season’s finale.

The Bachelorette — season 3

Premiere date: Jan. 10, 2005

The third Bachelorette on the show was Jennifer Schefft, who chose Jerry Ferris at the final rose ceremony. However, when Ferris proposed, Schefft rejected him.

The Bachelor — season 7

Premiere date: March 28, 2005

This season’s Bachelor was Charlie O’Connell, who was won over by contestant Sarah Brice. O’Connell didn’t propose to Brice – instead they entered into an on-and-off relationship that lasted a few years before they eventually split.

The Bachelor — season 8

Premiere date: Jan. 9, 2006

The Bachelor‘s season 8 protagonist was Travis Lane Stork, who began a relationship with contestant Sarah Stone at the final rose ceremony. The couple announced their breakup a handful of weeks after the final episode of their season aired.

The Bachelor — season 9

Premiere date: Oct. 2, 2006

Featuring Lorenzo Borghese as the Bachelor, the season’s winner was Jennifer Wilson, and the two started a relationship despite the season not ending in a proposal.

The Bachelor — season 10

Premiere date: April 2, 2007

This season’s Bachelor was Andrew Baldwin, who ended up proposing to contestant Tessa Horst and the two began a happy relationship. Baldwin and Horst called off their engagement a few months later but they continued to date, until ultimately ending their relationship in September 2007.

The Bachelor — season 11

Premiere date: Sept. 24, 2007

In a surprising turn of events, this season’s Bachelor, Brad Womack, ended up rejecting both final contestants. For the first time in series history, there was no final winner.

The Bachelor — season 12

Premiere date: March 17, 2008

Bachelor Matt Grant’s season concluded with a proposal to contestant Shayne Lamas – after he determined Lamas was his number one.

The Bachelorette — season 4

Premiere date: May 19, 2008

After a three-year wait, season four of The Bachelorette returned. This season, Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas’ heart was won over by Jesse Csincsak – and thus began the couple’s engagement.

The Bachelor — season 13

Premiere date: Jan. 5, 2009

Featuring Jason Mesnick as the Bachelor, this season featured indecision and a lot of tears. Mesnick had proposed to Melissa Rycroft but the finale revealed he had broken that engagement and was now dating runner-up Molly Malaney.

Mesnick and Malaney went on to marry in a televised wedding on ABC which aired on March 8, 2010. The couple are still together at the time of writing in September 2023.

The Bachelorette — season 5

Premiere date: May 18, 2009

With Jillian Harris as the season’s eligible Bachelorette, the winner was contestant Ed Swiderski – and the pair got engaged by the end of the season.

The Bachelor — season 14

Premiere date: Jan. 4, 2010

This season’s big winner ended up being contestant Vienna Girardi – who was proposed to by Bachelor Jake Pavelka.

The Bachelorette — season 6

Premiere date: May 24, 2010

Featuring Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, this season concluded with Roberto Martinez’s proposal, after Fedotowsky announced him as the chosen one. The couple broke up in November 2011.

Bachelor Pad — season 1

Premiere date: Aug. 9, 2010

In ABC’s first attempt to have multiple men and women compete simultaneously, season 1 of Bachelor Pad premiered in August 2010 and would eventually be replaced by what is now Bachelor in Paradise.

The prize was split between the two winners – Nataline Getz and David Good. Each of them walked away with a prize of $125,000 USD.

The Bachelor — season 15

Premiere date: Jan. 3, 2011

This season’s Bachelor was Brad Womack – who in the end chose to propose to contestant Emily Maynard. Maynard and Womack broke up while their season was airing, though they reunited prior to the finale. They broke up for good later that year.

The Bachelorette — season 7

Premiere date: May 23, 2011

In The Bachelorette‘s seventh season, Ashley Hebert was the eligible Bachelorette. In the end, she chose contestant J. P. Rosenbaum as the winner and got a proposal out of it.

Bachelor Pad — season 2

Premiere date: Aug. 7, 2011

In this season, Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano both won the contest and shared the final prize.

The Bachelor — season 16

Premiere date: Jan. 2, 2012

In a dramatic finale, Bachelor Ben Flajnik chose Courtney Robertson as this season’s winner, and the pair got engaged.

The Bachelorette — season 8

Premiere date: May 14, 2012

In a season with Emily Maynard as the Bachelorette, the winner was Jef Holm – who got Maynard’s final rose and got engaged to her at the end.

Bachelor Pad — season 3

Premiere date: July 23, 2012

Unlike other Bachelor Pad seasons, this time there was a solo winner — Nick Peterson — who got to keep the prize entirely for himself.

The Bachelor — season 17

Premiere date: Jan. 7, 2013

Sean Lowe was the bachelor of the season, and at the final rose ceremony he chose Catherine Giudici as the winner – proposing to her.

The Bachelorette — season 9

Premiere date: May 27, 2013

Featured Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock had her heart won over by Chris Siegfried, and the contestant proposed to her at the end of the season.

The Bachelor — season 18

Premiere date: Jan. 6, 2014

This season, Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis chose Nikki Ferrell as the winner, and despite there being no proposal, the couple stayed together. Galavis and Ferrell later appeared on the VH1 show Couples Therapy before splitting in October 2014.

The Bachelorette — season 10

Premiere date: May 19, 2014

The eligible Bachelorette Andi Dorfman had her heart conquered by contestant Josh Murray – to whom she gave her final rose.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 1

Premiere date: Aug. 4, 2014

In this spinoff’s first-ever season, the winning couples were Marcus Grodd & Lacy Faddoul, and Cody Sattler & Michelle Money.

The Bachelor — season 19

Premiere date: Jan. 5, 2015

Featuring Chris Soules as the Bachelor, this season ended with Whitney Bischoff as the winner, with the ocuple getting engaged in the finale.

The Bachelorette — season 11

Premiere date: May 18, 2015

Won over by Shawn Booth’s charm, this season’s Bachelorette — Kaitlyn Bristowe — gave Booth her final rose and the two got engaged.

The runner-up of Kaitlyn’s season was contestant Nick Viall, who was also the runner-up of the previous season of the The Bachelorette featuring Andi Dorfman.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 2

Premiere date: Aug. 2, 2015

This season was won by three couples, namely: Tanner Tolbert and Jade Roper; Justin Reich and Cassandra Ferguson; and Nick Peterson and Samantha Steffen. Out of the three, only the first pair got engaged.

Tolbert and Roper are one of many couples who are still together from this series.

The Bachelor — season 20

Premiere date: Jan. 4, 2016

At the final rose ceremony, Bachelor Ben Higgins chose to propose to contestant Lauren Bushnell, and the two got engaged.

The Bachelorette — season 12

Premiere date: May 23, 2016

Featuring Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher, this season’s victor was Jordan Rodgers, who proposed to Fletcher in the season finale.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 3

Premiere date: Aug. 2, 2016

The competing couples that won season 3 were Evan Bass and Carly Waddell, Grant Kemp and Lace Morris, and Josh Murray and Amanda Stanton.

The Bachelor — season 21

Premiere date: Jan. 2, 2017

After being passed over by two bachelorettes, it was time for Nick Viall to be the leading man of his own season. Viall proposed to contestant Vanessa Grimaldi – after giving her the final rose over Raven Gates.

The Bachelorette — season 13

Premiere date: May 22, 2017

Featuring Rachel Lindsay as the Bachelorette after she competed for Bachelor Nick Viall’s heart, the winner at the final rose ceremony was Bryan Abasolo.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 4

Premiere date: Aug. 14, 2017

This season, the winners were the couple Adam Gottschalk and Raven Gates, as well as Derek Peth and Taylor Nolan.

The Bachelor — season 22

Premiere date: Jan. 1, 2018

Arie Luyendyk Jr. was the Bachelor featured on season 22, and Becca Kufrin was the one to conquer his heart. At the season finale, the couple got engaged.

The Bachelor Winter Games — season 1

Premiere date: Feb. 13, 2018

In this Winter sports challenges contest, Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt came out on top over the remaining couples.

The Bachelorette — season 14

Premiere date: May 28, 2018

With Becca Kufrin as the featured bachelorette, contestant Garrett Yrigoyen was the season’s winner, and the couple got engaged.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 5

Premiere date: Aug. 7, 2018

This season, the couples that ended the competition as winners were Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson, as well as Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper. Both pairs got engaged.

Randone and Nielson went on to have a televised wedding which aired during season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise but the pair finalized their divorce less than two years later – in December 2020.

The Bachelor — season 23

Premiere date: Jan. 7, 2019

Despite the lack of a proposal, the Bachelor Colton Underwood chose Cassie Randolph as the season’s winner – giving his final rose to her.

The Bachelorette — season 15

Premiere date: May 13, 2019

Featuring Hannah Brown as the Bachelorette, this season’s chosen one was Jed Wyatt, who in return proposed to Brown. Wyatt and Brown split following the season finale.

Brown announced her engagement to boyfriend Adam Woolward in August 2023.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 6

Premiere date: Aug. 5, 2019

In this spinoff’s sixth season, three couples came out victorious: Chris Bukowski and Katie Morton; Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty; and Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin.

The Bachelor — season 24

Premiere date: Jan. 6, 2020

Peter Weber — the Bachelor of the season — gave his final rose to Hannah Ann Sluss, who accepted it along with the Bachelor’s proposal.

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart — season 1

Premiere date: April 13, 2020

In this innovative Bachelor Nation spinoff, Bri Stauss and Chris Watson were the competition’s winners.

The Bachelorette — season 16

Premiere date: Oct. 13, 2020

After Clare Crawley, the first Bachelorette of the season, chose her winner, Dale Moss, in episode 4, the season continued with a new Bachelorette – Tayshia Adams. Adams’ winner was Zac Clark, who proposed in the season finale.

The Bachelor — season 25

Premiere date: Jan. 4, 2021

The Bachelor of the season — Matt James — chose Rachael Kirkconnell as the winner, and while there was no proposal, the two started a relationship.

The Bachelorette — season 17

Premiere date: June 7, 2021

Featuring Bachelorette Katie Thurston, the season’s winner was Blake Moynes – who proposed to Thurston.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 7

Premiere date: Aug. 16, 2021

The season was won by three couples who all got engaged, namely: Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt, Kenny Braasch and Mariela Pepin, and Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn.

Couples Thomas Jacobs and Becca Kufrin; Brendan Morais and Pieper James; and Chris Conran and Alana Milne are all still together, though they did not get engaged on the show.

The Bachelorette — season 18

Premiere date: Oct. 19, 2021

This season, the Bachelorette was Michelle Young, who gave her final rose to Nayte Olukoya – and the two got engaged.

The Bachelor — season 26

Premiere date: Jan. 3, 2022

The Bachelor of the season — Clayton Echard — chose Susie Evans as the winner, however, she ended up rejecting Echard at the final rose ceremony.

The Bachelorette — season 19

Premiere date: July 11, 2022

This season featured two Bachelorettes, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia. Windey’s winner was Erich Schwer, while Recchia chose Tino Franco, and both couples got engaged.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 8

Premiere: Sept. 27, 2022

The eighth season of the popular series saw couples Brendon Jones & Serene Russell and Johnny DePhillipo & Victoria Fuller get engaged during the finale – though neither couple is still together today.

It was revealed later that DePhillipo and Fuller broke up in September 2022 after DePhillipo alleged that Fuller cheater on him with Greg Grippo – a contestant from season seventeen of The Bachelorette.

The Bachelor — season 27

Premiere date: January 23, 2023

Featuring Zach Shallcross as the leading man, Shallcross proposed to Kaity Biggar in the finale. The couple moved together to Austin, Texas in July 2023.

The Bachelorette — season 20

Premiere date: June 26, 2023

After appearing as a contestant on the prior season of The Bachelor, Charity Lawson was announced as the star for the 20th season of this series. As of September 2023, Lawson is still engaged to contestant Dotun Olubeko – whom she chose in the finale.

The Golden Bachelor — season 1

Premiere date: September 28, 2023

There have been rumours circulating for years that ABC was working on making a version of their popular Bachelor Nation shows that featured all older contestants and now it’s happening!

The Golden Bachelor is set to premiere in the fall of 2023, with 72-year-old widower and restauranteur Gerry Turner as the leading man. The cast features women ages 60 to 75, including one familiar face who is the mother of a former Bachelor star.

Bachelor in Paradise — season 9

Premiere date: Sept. 28, 2023

Following the premiere of The Golden Bachelor, Bachelor Nation will also see the premiere of season 9 of Bachelor in Paradise.

The new season will feature many new faces and host Jesse Palmer has hinted that some of the couples that come from this season will likely shock fans.

Now that you’ve been presented with all Bachelor Nation seasons, there’s one thing left to do: binge-watch to your heart’s content.

Rafaela Coimbra
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Rafaela Coimbra

Rafaela is a freelance writer for We Got This Covered. Writing professionally since 2022, she loves sharing her knowledge about all things anime, TV shows, and Internet culture. When she’s not working, you can easily find Rafaela with a fantasy book in hand, or consuming some other form of entertainment — you know, lest a thought occur.