The Bachelor: Season 22 (2018)

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Season 22
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The 22nd iteration of The Bachelor starts tediously boring, but Arie Luyendyk's shocking decision during the controversial season finale will leave viewers speechless.

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Air date: Jan 1, 2018

In the Season 22 premiere, Arie meets with Sean and Catherine Lowe and their son, Samuel, before his journey begins. At the mansion, he meets the bachelorettes, including a "kissing bandit" and a woman who gives him compliments in Dutch, his second language.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2018

Arie's search for love gets off to a fast start with back-to-back one-on-one dates with Becca K. and Krystal. The Bachelor transports Becca K., via a slick motorcycle ride, to a breathtaking oceanside Malibu mansion, where celebrity fashion designer Rachel Zoe works her magic on Arie's date. Krystal looks to a possible future with the Bachelor when she visits his hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., and meets his family. But she is concealing a dark secret that might scare Arie away.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2018

As the charming race car driver intensifies his search for his soul mate among the 18 remaining women, Arie selects eight women to battle for supremacy in the wrestling arena with two top veterans of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW)—Ursula Hayden and Angelina Altishin—sharing their secrets of success in the ring. The undercard will feature a surprise guest, Kenny "Pretty Boy Pit Bull" King from Bachelorette Rachel's season, who will take on the Bachelor himself.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2018

Arie and the 15 remaining bachelorettes leave the Bachelor mansion behind and begin a cross-country trip to continue their search for love. In South Lake Tahoe, Nev., Seinne gets the first one-on-one date and joins Arie on a sheer adrenaline date: parasailing. Meanwhile, one woman gets a critical phone call that might change her romantic journey. A dozen ladies hike into the snowy wilderness on a survival-themed group date where they learn about roughing it in the woods from pro survivalists.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2018

Chelsea receives the first one-on-one date in Ft. Lauderdale. Arie swoops in to take her on a 100-foot luxury yacht, but her checkered past may endanger her getting a rose. Eleven women split into two teams for a day of competitive bowling with the winner going to a private after-party. Tia and Arie travel to the Sawtooth Park Reserve, riding an air boat through the Florida swamps, but then she reveals her daunting past, which might spell the end for this happy couple.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2018

In Paris, Lauren B. and Arie are whisked away on a luxury speed boat down the Seine River and then tour the city's tourist attractions. Arie also surprises a group of the women with a visit to the legendary dance hall, Moulin Rouge. Krystal and Kendall face off during a two-on-one date that ends with a romantic kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower for one woman. The final date goes to Jacqueline, but a clash in lifestyles might be a deal breaker for Arie.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2018

The pressure mounts as the crucial hometown dates loom, but first Arie and the remaining seven bachelorettes travel to beautiful Tuscany, Italy. High anxiety permeates the group when the women find out there will not be any rose ceremony. Becca K. gets the first one-on-one date and a romantic picnic where the couple will discover if they can rekindle their passionate connection. Meanwhile, an emotionally confused Jacqueline takes a big step and visits a surprised Arie in his hotel room.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2018

Arie meets Kendall's parents in L.A.; travels to Weiner, Ark., where Tia's parents batter him with questions; stops in Prior Lake, Minn., for a romantic afternoon with Becca K.; and endures a tense dinner with Lauren B.'s family in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2018

Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s search for love has taken him from L.A. to Peru. Along the way there have been highs and lows—and Krystal, one of the most controversial bachelorettes of the group. Eighteen of the season's women tell their side of the story and how difficult it was to date a Bachelor who was falling for multiple women. Krystal attempts to defend her behavior, but a never-seen clip from the bowling alley date reveals her calling out the women and Arie with shocking words.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2018

Arie takes his final three women-Becca K., Kendall and Lauren B.-to Peru for adventurous, romantic overnight dates. The dates are filled with passion and excitement as Arie explores what his future might be like with each of these potential mates. More torn than ever, Arie acknowledges that he has fallen in love with two incredible women and has professed his love to both. However, a blockbuster surprise threatens to derail Arie's fairy tale ending.

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Tv Season Info

After coming close to winning Season 8 of "The Bachelorette," race car driver Arie Luyendik Jr. tries again to find love among 29 beautiful women in Season 22 of the reality show, once again hosted by Chris Harrison. Among the contestants are a sports reporter, a real-estate agent, a photographer, and a fitness coach. Arie takes his favorite girls to dates in Florida, Peru, France, and Italy, in an effort to pick the one best suited to him, while the women get showered with gifts and praises.

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Critic Reviews for The Bachelor Season 22

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Bachelor has persevered for decades despite failing at its stated mission because it always gestures toward real mating norms, norms that its cartoonish and hooey-eyed approach sometimes brings into great relief.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Arie [Luyendyk Jr.] is simply background noise on episode one because the premiere belongs to the ladies. And boy is this crew a solid one.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Once again, The Bachelor does its best to make us think the craziest [thing] you've ever seen in your life is about to go down.

Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

2018 is off to a slow start filled with slow talkers and slower kisses.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The universe knew I needed something to cleanse my body and soul, and so the new trailer for Black Panther started immediately after the episode.

Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

22 seasons in, it's got to be tricky for producers to keep coming up with prime time gold, but last night's ep had myriad of drama and kook to set the season up for another ratings juggernaut.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

We have some vibrant female characters but a very stiff Bachelor.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Thankfully, the premiere of The Bachelor proves what we already knew to be true: The Bachelor himself doesn't matter all that much. This show is made by its contestants, and Arie [Luyendyk, Jr.] has an impressive lineup.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It might be time for The Bachelor to do some serious soul-searching. Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s impressively dull season came to a train wreck of a conclusion.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

We love The Bachelor, but come on -- do we really need to spend this much time watching the Arie's love story unfold?! There is absolutely no one who is that invested in the Kissing Bandit's relationships.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

What you're about to see is a grief opera.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

With this finale, The Bachelor flipped the script. After almost two decades of reality TV love, this breakup feels like the realest thing The Bachelor has ever aired.

Sep 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bachelor: Season 22

  • Feb 28, 2018
    Last night I watched the bachelor for the first time in my entire life and let me just say it was an experience. The episode I watched was the very first episode of season 22, the newest season. It baffles me that some people watch more than 10 of this show seconds and say “you know what I really like watching 20 or so girls fight over some “hot” douche bag. I’m gonna keep watching.” As soon as it started I really didn’t want to finish the episode. it started with a dramatic flashback to a previous season that made me want to throw my laptop across the room. Oh and the episode was an hour and thirty minutes long. Kill me now Anyway, during the flashback you learn that this season's bachelor, Arie, was on a previous season of the bachelorette and got his heart broken. But now he’s 36 and ready for love, ladies. Next it cuts to little introduction of some of the girls, introducing you to the ones who are going to get picked even before he picks them, making watching about half of the episode obsolete. Immediately you can tell why these girls were chosen. They are the ones who have fun and interesting things to say. Oh and they throw a couple of colored girls into the mix so people can’t say they only pick the skinny blonde white girls, even though more than half the girls are skinny blonde and white. Also the oldest age I saw for the girls was 30 and the youngest 23. That means that Arie is anywhere from 6-13 years older than these girls. 13! I also learned that when the girls apply to be on the show they don’t know who the bachelor is yet. That's insane. They expect to fall in love on this show and they don’t even know who the dude is at first. I’m not the only one who sees a problem with that right? After all the little flashbacks and the introductions of some girls, all 29 of the women show up in a limo and talk to him a little before going into the mansion. Basically this is just the girls saying “hey im hot look at me and pick me to stay on the show please” *bats eyelashes and smiles sweetly*. A girl named Chelsea or Chloe, I can’t remember, said “ The hair is down and the boobs are out.” I feel like that describes what was happening accurately. By the time this segment is over the show still has about an hour left, and I’m ready to bash my head in. The weird rich girl accents paired with all the high pitch petty sentences is making my ears go numb and my eyes have long ago glazed over and all I see is a blur of shiney dresses and bleached blonde hair. I honestly could write about 5 more pages about the horrible things these girls say about one another and how desperate they act (This dude isn’t even hot why are you trying so hard?) but having to write this review is bringing back the horrible memories of having to suffer though this show and I’d like to keep them buried in a deep, dark, hole where they belong. So basically the rest of the show is the girls being mean and some girl kissing him and the rest getting mad, but before I finish this review I have one more thing to say about the show. When the people kiss on this show you can hear everything. Chloe or Chelsea or whatever her name is started making out with the dude and I got to hear everything about it. Everything. And lets just say there was a lot of tongue involved. My ears were molested by the horrific sound that was Arie’s tongue exploring that girls mouth. I’m scarred for life. All in all watching this show was a horrible experience and I don’t want to repeat it ever again. My ears and eyes will never be the same. But I guess if you like watching 20 girls being petty to one another while the pretend to fall in love, more power to you. I, however, will never watch this incredible fake show ever again. I feel like I should be compensated for the time I wasted watching this disgrace they call a tv show.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    I thought this was going to be a great season with Arie Luyendyk Jr. But it turned out to be a train wreck. I hate how he choose Becca but then broke up with her so he could get back with runner up Lauren but I understand since he has such a small amount of time to fall in love with someone and pick them to live his life with. Even after all of this I still like him and feel he is still a good man. I hope him and Lauren live happily together for the rest of their lives.

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