There is a new reason to Netflix and chill: Later this month, the streaming service will be debuting The Bachelorette for online streaming. Netflix made the announcement today, bundled with the rest of their upcoming releases. The Bachelorette will arrive September 26.
It’s the perfect excuse to binge-watch the series or, for those who’ve already seen it, to relive some of their favorite seasons. While Netflix hasn’t announced which seasons it will be getting, hopefully it will include the most recent one where the show made history with their first black bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. Lindsay, whose 13th season wrapped in August, got her happily ever after as she ended up engaged to Bryan Abasolo.
“It was like an out-of-body experience to hear the words that he was saying to me,” Lindsay told People last month. “I blanked out on what I was saying—I meant it and it was from the heart, but it was just so surreal that it was happening. I mean we’re in Spain, we’re on top of this castle. I’m standing in front of the man of my dreams, and now he’s about to get down on one knee. And so the moment he did it, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is happening!’ I couldn’t do anything but scream. Like that’s all I could do, I was so happy.”
The pair have since been seen in front of the cameras of photographers at New York Fashion Week, where they took in shows from Dennis Basso, Cynthia Rowley, and Badgley Mischka, which Lindsay shared pictures from on Instagram, writing, “We had so much fun!”
It’s interesting that the show decided to partner with Netflix, 13 seasons into its run, as it’s famously held out from streaming all of these years. Coincidentally or not, the viewership for last season’s finale saw a 16 percent dip among adults 18 to 49 from the year before, as Deadline reported, though some have speculated that it was due to last season’s collection of lackluster suitors rather than anything else. Now, though, the show has a chance to capture a whole new fanbase thanks to Netflix, ahead of its season 14 premiere.