The Bachelor spinoff premiered in 2003 with Bachelor runner-up Trista Rehn as the first lucky woman vying for the affections of 25 male suitors. During filming, the men live together in a Los Angeles-area mansion and go on a series of dates alone or in groups. At the conclusion of each episode, a rose ceremony is held by host Chris Harrison, and one or more men are eliminated.
The series aired consistently for three years in a row. After season 3 wrapped in 2005, it took a three-year break. The show picked back up in May 2008 and has debuted a new season ever since.
History was made in 2017 when Rachel Lindsay was named the season 13 Bachelorette, becoming the first African American franchise lead.
While the format began as the lead coming from the previous season of The Bachelor, that changed in 2020 when Clare Crawley — who appeared on The Bachelor six years prior — returned as the season 16 Bachelorette.