The Bachelor Greatest Seasons Ever announces both a name change and the first three featured seasons.
As Listen to Your Heart comes to a close, fans have a nostalgic summer series to look forward to. The Bachelor Greatest Seasons Ever, set to premiere June 8th, will take us on a 10-episode trip down the Mansion memory lane.
First up on The Bachelor Greatest Seasons Ever? The Bachelor Season 17, starring fan favorite Sean Lowe.
On Thursday, ABC announced the lineup for the first three seasons to be featured on the celebratory series:
MONDAY, JUNE 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) –”Sean Lowe” (The Bachelor, Season 17)
MONDAY, JUNE 15 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – “Kaitlyn Bristowe” (The Bachelorette, Season 11)
MONDAY, JUNE 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) – “Ben Higgins” (The Bachelor, Season 20)
It makes perfect sense – particularly in light of the dumpster fire that was Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor – to start off the series with the only Bachelor to marry his final pick (technically, Jason Mesnick and Arie Luyendyk Jr. married their respective runner-ups). Sean Lowe’s season hits all the markers for an A+ season – actual romance, a lead with conviction, and some incredible dramatic moments along the way.
Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette is an excellent choice for the first ‘Ette season to be showcased – her season was nothing short of iconic. Not only did she lay the groundwork (and bear the brutal backlash) for Hannah Brown’s female-empowering season that touted sexual freedom and dismantled corresponding connotations surrounding faith, but she also endured some of the most bizarre (and often hilarious) moments in franchise history.
The third installment is one we all saw coming – Ben Higgins is essentially the Godfather of Bachelor Nation at this point. His season, like Bristowe’s, laid the groundwork for Peter to fumble the ball and spill “I love yous” like Oprah (you get an I love you! You get an I love you! Everyone but my actual final pick – Kelley Flanagan – gets an I love you!). It also brought us the television gold that was Lace Morris, Jojo Fletcher’s iconic mom chugging wine from the bottle during hometowns (same, Mrs. Fletcher), and the weirdest advertising flex of all time – Ben and Amanda Stanton’s trip to McDonald’s.
ABC knows that fans are starved for some content, so they did us all a favor and released a promo – one that dropped a few hints of what might be the remaining 7 featured seasons:
If you look closely (don’t worry, I did this for you), you can see snippets of Bachelor seasons starring Ben Higgins, Sean Lowe, Juan Pablo Galavis (which is an obvious given in light of our next ‘Ette), Brad Womack, Jason Mesnick, Nick Viall, and the OG first Bachelor, Alex Michel. For the ladies, the Bachelorette seasons shown include Jojo Fletcher, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Ali Fedotowsky, and – of course- the OG first Bachelorette, Trista Sutter.
Notably, that puts us at 11 potential seasons, so either one of those is just filler for the promo, or they may do something like a joint-special for Michel and Sutter’s respective original seasons. It also has a bit of an unbalanced skew of Bachelor seasons – personally? I’d swap someone like Viall’s season for Rachel Lindsay. That said, as we all know, Bachelor promos can often not be trusted, and we may have some fakeouts. But with the first three seasons set for The Bachelor Greatest Seasons Ever, let’s take a quick look back at Lowe, Higgins and Bristowe’s seasons as a refresher for our longtime fans, and as a primer for some of our newer fans – you’ll definitely want to tune in for these episodes.