With Season 13 of “The Bachelorette
” wrapping up Monday night, ABC’s “Bachelor” franchise has officially hit 40 seasons.
Between the flagship series “The Bachelor
” which debuted in 2002, “The Bachelorette
,” and summer spinoffs “Bachelor Pad
” and “Bachelor in Paradise
,” the mega-dating show is one of the biggest hits to ever grace television. And ABC has already greenlit yet another spinoff, “The Bachelor
Winter Games,” which is set to premiere in February.
Despite long-running success, the franchise has come with its fair share of controversy.
ABC was hit with years upon years of criticism from fans and critics for the reality show’s lack of casting diverse contestants throughout the network’s run. This past season, that finally changed with 32-year-old attorney Rachel Lindsay
finally cast as “The Bachelorette
,” marking the first-ever African-American lead on the entire franchise.
was on the show five seasons ago, she would have been ‘The Bachelorette