Surprising 'The Bachelor' Facts Every Die-Hard Fan Should Know

So, about that "meatball theory..."

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Few modern reality shows are as beloved, and as notorious, as ABC's The Bachelor franchise. The 18-year-old show—so, older than Billie Eilish, to put that in perspective—began as one ordinary man trying to find love, and has evolved into a cacophony of tears, spin-off shows, alcohol-fueled contestants accusing one another of not being there for the "right reasons," and 1,000 Instagrams ads for Sugar Bear Hair. Whether you're there to witness the birth of true love or you're invested only in the drama, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make The Bachelor franchise the gloriously insane performance art that it is.

Bianca Rodriguez

Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.