ABC’s The Bachelorette just wrapped up its latest season starring Becca Kufrin, leaving fans ready for more. Instead of looking ahead, however, the brief hiatus between Bachelorette seasons gives us the opportunity to look back on season’s past, and the best and worst drama throughout the series. Most of the greatest episodes in Bachelorette history have happened during different seasons, so it can be difficult to determine which season is truly the best. Based on overall ratings, drama and success, however, I’m confident that we’ve put together a definitive list of the top 10 seasons of The Bachelorette ever made.
10. Season 6: Ali Fedotowsky
The sixth season of The Bachelorette premiered on May 24, 2010. The series followed Ali Fedotowsky for 12 episodes right up until Roberto Martinez’s proposal. Although the couple seemed lucky in love, they broke up a year and a half after their engagement.
9. Season 9: Desiree Hartsock
Premiering on May 27, 2013, the ninth season of The Bachelorette followed Desiree Hartsock on her journey to find love. She is still happily married to her husband Chris Siegfried, who proposed to her on the show. The couple had a baby boy in 2016, and are currently expecting their second child.
8. Season 10: Andi Dorfman
Andi Dorman became the tenth Bachelorette contestant on May 19, 2014. Although Josh Murray was the winner of her season, the couple broke up close to a year later.
7. Season 8: Emily Maynard
The eighth season of The Bachelorette premiered on May 14, 2012, starring Emily Maynard. Although Jeff Holm was the winner of her season, the couple split only a few months after filming. In 2014, Emily married Tyler Johnson. The two are still together and have welcomed four children into their family.
6. Season 11: Kaitlyn Bristowe
Dance instructor Kaitlyn Bristowe was the star of The Bachelorette’s eleventh season starting May 18, 2015. She dated 25 men and the walk-on Nick Viall, and chose Shawn Booth as the season’s winner. As of 2017, the couple are planning a wedding.
5. Season 12: JoJo Fletcher
The twelfth season of The Bachelorette welcomed JoJo Fletcher on May 23, 2016. The real estate developer chose Jordan Rodgers as the winner, and the pair is currently still together.
4. Season 7: Ashley Hebert
The seventh season of The Bachelorette premiered on May 23, 2011, starring Ashley Hebert as she searched for love among 25 contestants. She accepted J.P. Rosenbaum’s proposal and were married in December of 2012. Since then, they have had two children together.
3. Season 3: Jennifer Schefft
Jennifer Schefft was the star of The Bachelorette’s third season, which premiered on January 10, 2005. After famously turning down both of her suitors, Schefft went on to marry businessman Joe Waterman in 2009. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom caring for two girls.
2. Season 5: Jillian Harris
The fifth season of The Bachelorette, premiering on May 18, 2009, featured Jillian Harris during her quest for love. After accepting Ed Swiderski’s proposal, the pair split during July in 2010. Following the breakup, Harris went on to marry Justin Pasutto. The couple had a child together and are expecting their second!
1. Season 1: Trista Rehn
Universally regarded as one of the best seasons of The Bachelorette ever produced, season one of the show premiered on January 8, 2003, starring Trista Rehn. The love between Trista and Ryan Sutter was strong from the start and has not faded throughout the years as the couple are still happily married and have two children together.
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