TV Review: ABC’s The Bachelor remains a guilty pleasure for young women

“The Bachelor” has been on for 21 seasons, and it’s still as popular as ever. The show that airs Mondays at 7 central on ABC features Nick Viall this season. Viall, 36, from Milwaukee is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a double major in accounting and supply chain management. Three of our writers reviewed the show.


Nicole Lavery
Oxford Stories

The TV show “The Bachelor” is a reality dating competition that relies on high-end hotels, beautiful destinations, and candlelit dinners to set a romantic fantasy, which has become popular among teen viewers. The show begins with 25 featured women, who are competing to win the heart of one single man to whom they hope to become engaged.

Each week, the women who impress the bachelor, travel to exquisite destinations with him. The more the women impress him, the further they advance and go on overnight fantasy dates and meet his parents. The woman lucky enough to make it to the end must then wait and see if she will become his soulmate out of the final two.

As entertaining as “The Bachelor” can be for young women, it is sending some problematic and unrealistic messages to teens, and maybe even adults, who engage in watching this show every week. The idea of what relationships, dates, and marriage look like become skewed. The women sometimes become so obsessed with being the winner of the show and connect their self-worth to this, they forget why they are even there.

Another thing that skews the view of relationships is how the bachelor acts. Even though he is always polite and respectful, he is more than willing to kiss and profess affection for various women, and some more than others.

Although teens and adults find this entertaining and amusing, this kind of fantasy does not come without its fair share of problems. I find it entertaining and fun to watch with all my friends, but after analyzing it, I can see how it can cause unrealistic expectations for those who do watch it.

Alexa Bortles
Oxford Stories

Every Monday night, my inner hypocritical self makes a reoccurring appearance. I often catch myself poking fun at reality TV and what it stands for. But, guilty as charged, I spend my Monday nights crawled up into a ball like a happy little kid watching the one and only “Bachelor/Bachelorette.”

As ashamed as I am to admit it, I know I stand alongside millions of other girls who have been drawn in to the addicting reality television series. The main reason I find myself drawn to reality TV is because it’s a relaxing form of entertainment. Similar to many other college students, my days consist of endless class hours, studying, tennis practice and workouts. There aren’t too many hours in the day in which I’m not mentally or physically exerting myself.

The producers of “The Bachelor” created a famous show based on a silly dating concept and turned it into something great. The creators found ways to entertain their audience (especially young girls).

To take things a step further, the characters have most recently pursued fame through social media. The relations and personal connections that audiences make to the characters throughout the series can now later be continued through social media. It’s now possible to keep up with your favorite contestants though Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.

I enjoy engaging in all forms of media. However, it’s rather refreshing when I can just lie down and mindlessly be entertained for as little as an hour a week, on “Bachelor/Bachelorette” Monday nights.

Annie Johnson
Oxford Stories

Despite my hardest efforts, I cannot seem to stop myself from watching and keeping up with this year’s season of “The Bachelor.” Every week, I try so hard to keep from watching this horrifying show, but it draws me in each time.

If you have never seen the show, it’s a dating show where one man or woman is given 25-30 women or men to mingle with, date and eliminate until there is only two who will either propose or be proposed to.

The show is always popular, but this year, “The Bachelor” has previously been on the show three times. Then you have the girls, and boy did they get some good ones this year. This season’s lineup includes women of all races, country girls, bisexual girls. You name a social type, there’s a girl there.

One contestant, Corinne, is hated by all the girls, and Nick, the bachelor, has no idea. He is convinced she is normal because of her looks and money. Corinne has made it to the final four contestants, and they took a trip to her hometown, Miami. Nick met her family, her best friend and her nanny, Raquel. On their “hometown date,” Nick and Corinne dropped more than $3,000 at a store shopping for the perfect outfits.

Dating shows can be boring to watch sometimes, but ABC has done a fantastic job keeping viewers hooked and crazed about this hit series. Sometimes I literally look at the screen and go, “Why am I watching this,” but two seconds later, I’m so entertained by the contestants and their various qualities, my eyes are glued to the screen.


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