The series revolves around a bachelor who chooses a potential wife from among 25 women. The show follows the bachelor as he goes on a series of dates with the women, some of them group dates, some one-on-one dates. On each episode women are eliminated, generally during the rose ceremony at the end of the episode, but sometimes on the dates (during what are called "elimination dates"). The process culminates towards the end of the season with a few of the women going on overnight dates, and meetings between the bachelor, the women, and their respective families. At the end of the show, the bachelor chooses one woman with whom he would like to continue a relationship. Sometimes he proposes marriage, sometimes other levels of commitment.
The runner-up from the first season, Trista Rehn, later starred in The Bachelorette, a spin-off program in which the format is gender-reversed.
Andy meets the 25 bachelorettes for the first time but can only choose 15 to continue on.
Fifteen women remain - and the group dates begin! Who will Andy spend one-on-one time with, and which women will receive roses and a chance to win his heart?
A Bachelorette is injured during a physical Bachelor boot camp, but also receives personal medical attention from Andy. Dates take the women to a mud spa, car racing and dinner on a Naval aircraft carrier. Its the end of the road for three women as The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman continues.
Andy takes the remaining nine women to Lake Tahoe for skiing and casino gambling. Armed with only six roses, three Bachelorettes are sent home.
Andy and his final six help rebuild a school's kindergarten playground. Two women get romantic one-on-one dates. At the rose ceremony, only four ladies will remain.
It's time to meet the folks as Andy travels to the hometowns of the remaining four Bachelorettes. One woman is sent packing.
Andy wisks the final three bachelorettes to Hawaii for romantic overnight dates. At the end of the week, Andy must send one women home broken hearted.
The final two bachelorettes get the chance to meet Andy's family. Andy makes the decision of a life time as he proposes to one lucky lady.
"After the Final Rose" - Andy appears with his fiancee and faces some of the bachelorettes he did not choose; the couple's plans for the future.