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Love is in the air this autumn on reality TV show The Bachelorette, returning for its 18th season in October. The show airs on ABC, but you can also watch The Bachelorette drama unfold on Hulu.
In season 18, viewers can follow along as school teacher Michelle Young hands out roses to suitors vying for her love. She’ll start off with 30 eligible bachelors with the end goal of finding love and ultimately, getting engaged — but surely not without some drama in between. One of her cast-offs, Clayton Echard, is already rumored to be the lead in the next season of The Bachelor.
The Bachelorette has released a teaser for season 18, which shows several of these handsome hunks heading towards Michelle, who dazzles in a long, beaded gown. It also shows Young locking lips with a few of the men and later confidently stating, “I’m not gonna settle.”
Michelle Young was one of the final two women on season 25 of The Bachelor starring Matt James, who ultimately chose Rachel Kirkconnell over her. Shortly thereafter, James and Kirkconnell’s relationship hit a major roadblock when racist content was discovered on Kirkconnel’s social media. Meanwhile, Young headed home to Minnesota without closure, but was later given the best possible closure: being cast as the lead of The Bachelorette.
Young insisted on finishing out the school year with her students before she could start filming, giving former Bachelor season 25 contestant Katie Thurston a chance to find love during season 17 of The Bachelorette. Katie ended up engaged to Blake Moyston after some major relationship turbulence, including an on-screen, teary argument with one of her top suitors, Greg Grippo, who she later accused of gaslighting her.
The host of The Bachelorette isn’t without a backstory, either. After being accused of defending The Bachelor season 25 winner Rachel Kirkconnell after her racist comments surfaced, Chris Harrison was ousted as show host (he has since left the franchise). He was replaced by dynamic duo and former Bachelorette leads Tayshia Adama and Kaitlyn Bristowe as co-hosts for season 17. Fans of ladies can rejoice, as the energetic girl power duo is back to co-host season 18 and help guide Young through her journey to find love.
Will Michelle Young find love and leave the show engaged? And will this indeed be the most dramatic season ever? With the tagline of her season as ‘Love is in Bloom,’ it seems like anything could happen when season 18 of The Bachelorette premieres on October 19th, 2021.
How to watch The Bachelorette Season 18 Premiere
Although you can watch The Bachelorette season 18 premiere and subsequent episodes on ABC, if you don’t have cable, there are other alternatives such as Hulu.
Hulu + Live TV is the best option if you want to view the show live or on-demand, and a regular Hulu subscription allows you to watch The Bachelorette premiere and each new episode starting the morning after it airs. Season 18 will air on October 19, followed by every Tuesday evening after that. You can also sign up for Hulu + Live TV right now and save $10 a month for the first three months!
Hulu is currently offering a 30-day free trial so you can sample the streaming service before signing up. Tuning in for The Bachelorette season premiere and continuing episodes could be a great way to test out the streaming service. Hulu + Live TV offers a 7-day free trial, and you could take advantage of the trial and time it just right to watch The Bachelorette Season 18 premiere live on October 19.
Once the free trial is up, subscriptions to Hulu start at $5.99 per month (or $59.99 per year if you choose the annual billing option) for the most basic plan with ads, or $11.99 for an ad-free plan. For Hulu + Live TV, the basic plan with ads costs $64.99 or $70.99 for an ad-free plan.
Hulu also comes with add-on options such as HBO Max ($14.99 per month), Cinemax ($9.99 per month), Showtime ($10.99 per month), or Starz ($8.99 per month). There are also Network add-on options that subscribers can add onto Live TV plans, such as Español ($4.99 per month), Sports ($9.99 per month), or Entertainment ($7.99 per month). It’s also possible to bundle subscriptions, such as Hulu and Disney+/ESPN+, Hulu + Spotify, or Hulu + Sprint.
While Hulu add-ons will give you access to a number of other programs and movies, you won’t need these additional services to watch The Bachelorette season 18. Even the most basic Hulu ad plan will allow subscribers to stream the show the following day after it airs.
Can you watch all ‘The Bachelorette’ seasons on Hulu?
Hooked on the franchise? All the juicy love drama is rather addicting. You can watch some of the past seasons of The Bachelorette on Hulu. Currently, the older seasons available to watch are season 12 (starring JoJo Fletcher) and season 13 (starring Rachel Lindsay). The Bachelorette season 18 episodes will be available to watch with a regular Hulu subscription the morning after they air, or live with Hulu + Live TV.
Fans of the franchise can also watch past seasons of The Bachelor (season 20 with Ben Higgins and season 23 with Colton Underwood) on Hulu. Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 7 of Bachelor in Paradise are available for streaming on Hulu, too.
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