The Bachelor

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality "fairy tale" with questionable values.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 23 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series sends questionable messages about love, romance, and what it takes to build a relationship. The women often question their self-worth when they are rejected.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the young women are portrayed as catty, desperate, and insecure. Most of them are educated career women, but they appear to have no goals other than to snag a husband. Few contestants of color or over the age of 35. All are very slim and attractive.


The women sometimes engage in some semi-playful pushing and punching with their date when they get upset.


Lots of skimpy outfits and bathing suits; many close-up shots of passionate kissing. In some episodes the bachelor goes on overnight dates with individual women; on other nights women try to find ways to meet him in his room. Frank sex talk.


Words like "bitch" and "pissed" are common. Occasional curses ("s--t," "f--k") are bleeped with mouths blurred. The women sometimes call each other names.


The camera zooms in on sponsors' products frequently, and there are always mentions of specific hotel chains, such as the W.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, champagne, and fancy cocktails are frequently consumed on dates. The women also drink at the house.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dating competition show features multiple women competing for the affections of a single man. They constantly make catty comments, backstab each other, wear revealing clothing and bathing suits, and sometimes drink too much. The Bachelor kisses many of them, and a few go on overnight "fantasy" dates with him. There is some frank sex talk and occasional profanity ("bitch,” “pissed," and stronger words are bleeped with mouths blurred).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGamerPassionForMovie January 17, 2017

Horrible show tell girls it okay let boys abusive you

This show is stupid it is poison for the brain . Language isn't worst. But whole show teach girls let men abusive is okay it nèed be cancelled Asp !!! T... Continue reading
Adult Written byA Person With C... March 4, 2010

Ok for ages 16 and up but HORRIBLE for ages 15 and below.

This is a complete set up for young kids to watch! Do not watch this show if you are younger than 16 years old!
Teen, 16 years old Written byleixx April 16, 2016

Unrealistic but a really funny and addicting show!

I just started watching season 20 of the bachelor about a week ago and I'm almost at the end of the season. It's very addicting and actually very funn... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 14, 2019

Really good show

I really like it even though people hate it. I just like the drama lol. This is only for if kids are mature because it can have curse words and has a lot of dru... Continue reading

What's the story?

Each installment of THE BACHELOR features 25 women competing to win the heart of a single man who will hopefully become her husband. Each season’s “prize”, which have included a winery heir, an actor's brother, a football player, and a real-life prince, spend time with the women going on outdoor adventures, helicopter rides, and of course, wining and dining, during individual and group dates. Each week the women who continue to impress him receive roses and are invited to continue living in a luxurious house, accompany him to exotic destinations, go on overnight fantasy dates, and even meet his parents. The woman lucky enough to be chosen at the end of the competition must then wait and see if she will become his soul mate.

Is it any good?

The reality dating competition relies on stretch limos, high-end hotels, and candle-lit dinners to create a romantic fantasy that is popular among teen viewers. But beneath the show’s shiny veneers are problematic messages about gender roles, dating, relationships, and marriage. These become even more problematic when previously featured bachelors return to try their hand at it again, despite the obvious failure of the process the first time.

The women on the show often connect their self-worth to their ability to “snag” the bachelor, and usually engage in insecure behavior in order to get his attention. Meanwhile, each bachelor, who is always polite and respectful, is more than willing to kiss and profess their affection for different women (sometimes during a single night). Teens may find it entertaining, but this kind of fantasy isn't without its problems.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the show’s messages, like the idea that a young woman is a failure if she's single and that marriage should be the ultimate goal. What do dating competition shows like this suggest about relationships? Marriage? Can you really find true love in six weeks?

  • Parents and teens may want to discuss the kind of messages the show’s exotic locales, steamy hot tub scenes, and overnight dates send about sex and sexual activity. How appropriate is some of the behavior being featured here?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love romance

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