The “Bachelor” franchise has become my guilty pleasure.

Before coming to college, I hadn’t watched any episodes. But after watching Arie’s season in 2018, it’s become my Monday — or now Tuesday — nighttime homework break.

And this “Bachelorette” season is really living up to the hype. 

All summer there have been teasers about how crazy and unusual this season will be. 

We are two episodes in and I can see why they’ve been calling it crazy. 

I am not in the business of giving away spoilers, but those of us that have been following the story of this year’s “Bachelorette” know that Clare Crawley is set to leave the show sometime soon and Tayshia Adams will step in as the Bachelorette. 

Right off the bat, we can see the tension this dilemma has created for the franchise. There is already a clear favorite for Crawley, and those of us watching just know what’s going to happen. 

Before I watched the first episode, I really thought it was just going to be like any other season. Every Bachelor season has its twists and is full of drama. 

But this is already different. The dates the contestants are going on feel more mature and serious. Of course, there are still the silly dates, like the group date from this week’s episode, but it just seems like they are getting to the nitty-gritty details of relationships quickly. 

The one-on-one date this week was something that felt like it would have happened much later in any other season. 

This maturity in the dates is probably because Crawley is the oldest Bachelorette, but I like that the contestants are already opening up to each other. 

It is interesting to see how reality shows are dealing with COVID-19. In the case of the “Bachelorette,” every contestant had to quarantine for two weeks with weekly COVID-19 tests. Once those two weeks were over, they were able to start filming on a closed location. 

It’s brought some normalcy to life to get back to watching weekly episodes. With what’s going on in the world, it’s nice to get back to the good drama that the “Bachelor” franchise can provide. 

If you are looking for something that can take your mind off the current world, I would suggest getting into the “Bachelorette.” 

Of course, there are always going to be issues with how the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” work. 

There are a lot of things I take issue with, it’s why it is my guilty pleasure. Sometimes it’s really nice to just binge on some good drama and romance, no matter how scripted it may be. 

I think everyone should at least give some form of the “Bachelor” a chance, just to see if they like it. I think everyone would be pleasantly surprised by how truly entertaining the show can be. 

If you are interested, make sure you catch up on the last two episodes.

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