If you’re a member of Bachelor Nation, you may want to know how to watch The Bachelorette online for free to not miss Michelle Young’s drama-filled season—and, of course, who she chooses in the end.
The Bachelorette, a spinoff of The Bachelor, premiered on ABC on January 8, 2003, with lead Trista Rehn (now Sutter), the runner-up on season 1 of The Bachelor. Since then, there have been more than 17 Bachelorettes, including fan-favorites like season season 12’s Kaitlyn Bristowe, season 13’s Rachel Lindsay and season 15’s Hannah Brown. The Bachelor franchise has also produced several more spinoffs since The Bachelorette‘s premiere, including Bachelor Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, Bachelor Winter Games and The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart.
Though there seems to be a never-ending supply of Bachelor shows these days, The Bachelorette still remains as one of our favorite moments for its female-centric seasons and must-talk-TV moments, such as when Hannah B. eviscerated Luke P. in season 15 or when Clare quit in the middle of season 16 to be with her winner, Dale. If you’re a longtime Bachelor fan, you may want to know how to watch The Bachelorette online for free to not miss a second of the new season. Ahead are various ways to do so.
Who is The Bachelorette 2021?
The season 18 Bachelorette is Michelle Young, a teacher from Minnesota, who was the runner-up on season 25 of The Bachelor with Matt James. Her season premieres on October 19, 2021. As Bachelor Nation fans know, Michelle isn’t the only Bachelorette this year. Katie Thurston, a bank marketing manager from Washington, was the season 17 Bachelorette. Katie was eliminated in 10th place on Matt’s season and walked away engaged to Blake Moynes after the season 17 finale in August.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in October 2021, Tayshia Adams, who hosted Michelle’s Bachelorette season with Kaitlyn Bristowe, teased that Michelle’s finale is unlike any recent Bachelorette finale. “How it ends? I don’t think we’ve seen an ending like what happens in a couple of seasons now,” Tayshia said. “We’ve seen a lot. So there’s a lot of highs and lows. It’s all good things. I would just say she definitely leans into her heart and puts it all out on the line.”
When does The Bachelorette 2021 air?
The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
How to watch The Bachelorette online for free
Below are various free trials to watch The Bachelorette online for free. If you already have a cable provider, you can go to ABC’s website, sign into that provider and watch The Bachelorette as it airs. Otherwise, here are some free trials you can sign up for to watch The Bachelorette online for free each week. Just sign up for a different free trial each week and set a reminder for when the free trial ends, so you avoid being charged.
Sling is one of the more affordable options to watch The Bachelorette live. Though not free, the service offer a current deal that lets users sign up for $10 for their first month. After that, the service costs $35 per month. Sling offers more than 30 channels, including ABC, so subscribers can watch The Bachelorette as it airs on TV. Unlike Hulu, Sling doesn’t have a catalogue of past episodes, but it’s one of the better options if you’re caught up on The Bachelorette and just need to watch new episodes.
Price: $10 per month
Hulu+ with Live TV is another solid option to watch The Bachelorette. Service also offers a seven-day free trial, as well as more than 75 channels, including ABC, so subscribers can tune into The Bachelorette live. Along with its channel selection, Hulu+ With Live TV also offers 50 hours of DVR footage, so fans can record The Bachelorette in case they miss it when it airs. Hulu+ With Live TV also provides customers with access to Hulu, which has past episodes of The Bachelorette and uploads new episodes the day after they air.
Free trial: 7 days
Price: $64.99 per month
Fubo is another option to watch The Bachelorette. The service offers seven-day free trial, as well as one of the most expansive channel selections on the market, with more than 120 channels (in case you’re a fan of TV shows other than The Bachelorette.) Along with its channel selection, Fubo also allows users to record 250 hours of DVR footage, in case you can’t catch The Bachelorette when it airs.
Free trial: 7 days
Price: $64.99 per month
Hulu is the most affordable option to watch The Bachelorette if you can wait a day. The service offers a seven-day free trial and upload new episodes of ABC shows, including The Bachelorette, less than 24 hours after they air live. Though you can’t watch episodes live (unless you subscribe to Hulu+ With Live TV), Hulu, which starts at $5.99 per month, is much more affordable than its live-TV counterparts for those who can wait to watch new episodes of their favorite shows.
Free trial: 7 days
Price: $6.99+ per month
Another free and cheap way to watch The Bachelorette online for free (especially if you don’t live in the United States) is with a VPN, which allows users to set their computer’s location to another country and access websites that would otherwise be restricted by their location. New episodes of The Bachelorette are available to stream the next day on Hayu, an international streaming service which offers a 30-day free trial. To watch the show, however, Americans will need a VPN. One of the best VPN services out there is ExpressVPN, which is easy to use and offers a 30-day free trial.
The service is also a lot more affordable than other VPN services out there. After the 30-day free trial, ExpressVPN costs $8.32 per month for a 12-month plan ($99.95 in total), $9.99 per month for a six-month plan ($59.95 in total) or $12.95 per month for a monthly plan. As for Hayu, the service costs $6.99 per month after its 30-day free trial ends, which means that it costs just $15.31 to subscribe to both Hayu and ExpressVPN to watch The Bachelorette hours after new episodes are released. That’s about $40 less than most cable services. Along with The Bachelorette, Hayu also offers more than 250 other shows, including the Real Housewives franchise, the Below Deck franchise and international Bachelor shows—all of which upload new episodes the day after they air.
Here are step-by-step instructions to sign up for Hayu and ExpressVPN.
- Sign up for ExpressVPN
- Log into your account and click “Download” on the “Dashboard” or in “Set Up Your Devices”
- Once you’ve installed ExpressVPN, enter the “Activation Code” from the “Dashboard” or in “Set Up Your Devices”
- Once ExpressVPN is set up, change your location to the UK, Canada or Australia
- Sign up for Hayu
- Log into your account and start watching Hayu
To get more of an inside scoop, check out Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, for a deep dive into the Bachelor franchise. The book uncovers the secrets of Bachelor Nation, from how much the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are paid to the rules contestants have to follow, that producers don’t want fans to know. It’s a must-read for any Bachelor Nation member.
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