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As “The Bachelor” franchise enters its 20th year, still-married couples who met on that show and “The Bachelorette” discuss how they’ve built lasting relationships.

Since the ldquo;The Bachelorrdquo; debuted on television 20 years ago, six couples who met on that show and ldquo;The Bacheloretterdquo; are currently married. But, to date, there have been 34 televised proposals between the two seriesrsquo; combined 44 seasons.
Since the ldquo;The Bachelorrdquo; debuted on television 20 years ago, six couples who met on that show and ldquo;The Bacheloretterdquo; are currently married. But, to date, there have been 34 televised proposals between the two seriesrsquo; combined 44 seasons.
Since the “The Bachelor” debuted on television 20 years ago, six couples who met on that show and “The Bachelorette” are currently married. But, to date, there have been 34 televised proposals between the two series’ combined 44 seasons. Credit... The New York Times; Liliboas, via Getty Images (roses)

Published March 30, 2022 Updated April 2, 2022

In the latest season of “The Bachelor,” Clayton Echard, the show’s 26th lead, said after a late-night rendezvous with a hopeful suitress, “If I ever need validation to know that this process works, I’m seeing it unfold before me.”

But according to the numbers, perhaps unsurprisingly, that “process” — a weeks-long mass courtship in front of cameras that is meant to end with a proposal and, presumably, a marriage — is not very effective at yielding long-term relationships.