True love (or a TV facsimile thereof) gets the reality treatment in this long-running dating game, in which a successful bachelor romances a number of beauties. The list of possible paramours is reduced each week until he gives a final red rose to one of them. The series spun off 'The Bachelorette', a spate of rip-offs and very few lasting pairings.
First Aired: October 1, 2007
The 15 bachelorettes who survived the first week move into a Malibu mansion, and seven of them head out to Del Mar Racetrack for a date with Brad and a party with San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips. One contestant gets an early rose, but another gets a trip to the hospital after an accident at the mansion. Then there's a beach-house bash for eight bachelorettes (one of whom doffs her bikini top) before Brad hands out 12 roses.