In one word, "The Bachelor" franchise is beautiful.
Beautiful men. Beautiful women. And beautiful, beautiful entertainment.
But some seasons were more entertaining than others, and the likability of each "Bachelor" season depends on the charisma of the Bachelor himself.
There have been 22 seasons with 21 different Bachelors, so here are all 21 men — rounded up and ranked from awful to angel.
Let's begin with...
21. Juan Pablo Galavis
Oh god. Juan Pablo Galavis of season 18. Where to even start?
Well, not one but two contestants straight-up WALKED OUT on the Bachelor because he was such an ass. (Shout out to Andi Dorfman.)
And Galavis single-handedly pissed off legendary host Chris Harrison on the "After the Final Rose" episode. (Just stop.)
And then he offended the masses by saying there shouldn't be a gay version of the show. (Shut up, Galavis.)
All in all, Juan Pablo was the absolute worst. Try to fight me on this.
20. Brad Womack
Nearly 10 years ago, Brad Womack was despised by America after an epic season 11 that ended with Womack giving neither of his final two ladies that coveted rose (or, more importantly, a Neil Lane diamond). What a dog.
Womack returned as the Bachelor for season 15 and attempted to redeem himself by actually selecting a potential bride-to-be, but the damage from season 11 was already done.
19. Jason Mesnick
Jason Mesnick started season 13 as an angel because, "Aww! He's a loving single dad with an adorable son!"
But then Mesnick committed the ultimate Bachelor sin when he dumped final rose winner/fiancée Melissa Rycroft on the "After the Final Rose" episode and immediately tried to pursue a relationship with Molly Malaney, THE RUNNER-UP, instead.
This was all in front of a national audience, and holy shit, how embarrassing for Rycroft. That was a low blow, Mesnick.
18. Arie Luyendyk Jr.
When Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named the newest Bachelor, fans braced themselves for a boring AF season 22.
What they didn't realize is that Luyendyk would turn out to be a dog and pick Becca Kufrin to be his bride, only to call off his engagement to rekindle his romance with runner-up, Lauren Burnham.
...DID LUYENDYK JR. NOT WATCH MESNICK'S SEASON?
These fellas need to make their pick and stick with it.
17. Bob Guiney
Bob Guiney of season four holds the distinction of sleeping with the most women in a single season. Enough said.
16. Aaron Buerge
OK, guys. Aaron Buerge — best known as the Bachelor who owned hella banks — dumped his new fiancé five weeks after season two aired.
At a Starbucks. In New Jersey. That's just wrong.
He later went bankrupt, so... karma?
15. Travis Lane Stork
Before he was Dr. Travis Stork on the daytime "will-freak-you-out-worse-than-WedMD" hit "The Doctors," Travis Lane Stork was known as the season eight Bachelor.
He ended up picking a school teacher named Sarah Stone (Stork and Stone can't even be combined to make a cute couple name... ugh), but the two broke up before the finale even aired.
If he weren't on "The Doctors" now, Stork would be largely unmemorable. Next.
14. Jesse Palmer
Season five was all types of crazy, starting with former football player Jesse Palmer's name blunder at the first rose ceremony. (He accidentally called out the name "Katie" instead of "Karen," and then attempted to "correct" the slip up by keeping both girls. Hilarious, but so rude.)
Then Palmer had his woman-friend enter the mansion as a pretend "contestant" to gather inside information on the girls.
Um, do your job and get to know the ladies on your own, Palmer. Isn't love supposed to be about trust?
13. Jake Pavelka
OK, so season 14's Jake Pavelka was a pilot. That's pretty hot.
But this pilot also called off his engagement to 24-year-old "Bachelor" winner/villain Vienna Giraidi because she was "jealous" of his success. Ew. That's not-so-hot.
And why would you pick the season's nemesis as your bride-to-be in the first place? Come on, Pavelka. Do better.
12. Ben Flajnik
Another Bachelor to end up with the villain. What gives?
But then again, I guess Ben Flajnik — much like season 16 winner Courtney Robertson — "didn't come here to make friends."
And who could forget Flajnik and Robertson's skinny dipping sesh that resulted in the pair having sex on national television? Sorry Flajnik, you're stuck at #12.
11. Nick Viall
I appreciated Nick Viall's soft spot for crazy. My girl Corrine lasted way longer than I ever expected, and for that, I thank him.
However, Viall has been a part of The Bachelor franchise for not one, not two, but THREE seasons. He finished as the runner-up in two consecutive seasons of "The Bachelorette" before becoming season 21's Bachelor.
So NATURALLY he choses the wrong girl in the end and winds up single a few months after his season aired.
(3 for 3, huh Viall?)
Let's just face it. Love just wasn't going to happen for him.
10. Ben Higgins
Ben Higgins of season 20 told BOTH of his final two ladies — JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell — that he loved them. L-O-V-E. Love. To both women.
That's a huge "Bachelor" no-no. What a heartbreaker. At least Fletcher later made one hell of a Bachelorette.
9. Prince Lorenzo Borghese
Season nine gave us a real-life prince as the next Bachelor. Swoon!
And Prince Lorenzo ended up giving the final rose to a teacher. (An IRL Cinderella story? Stawp!)
Butttttt the pair quickly broke up after the show aired, and Borghese immediately started dating his runner-up... which is so tacky and consequently affected his place in this ranking. Tackiness never ranks well.
8. Byron Velvick
Season six actually started with two potential Bachelors: Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye. The ladies said "Bye!" to Overbye, and ultimately decided they wanted Belvick to be the man they fought over.
Producers happened to also add two “all-stars" into the mix (aka contestants from a previous season) and one of the all-stars — Mary Delgado — actually won Velvick's heart.
Overall, he was a decent Bachelor. Way to keep things interesting, Velvick.
7. Charlie O'Connell
The little brother of actor Jerry O'Connell came to "The Bachelor" for season seven. He was decently liked by viewers and probably had a drinking problem.
Pretty average Bachelor, if you ask me.
6. Alex Michel
Ah, the man who started it all.
Alex Michel was the very first Bachelor, and TBH, season one was pretty vanilla (much like the boring businessman he is). There was no real drama, but hey — that's always better than the Juan Pablo-level awfulness we experienced later down the road.
It was ABC's first go at this, so I'll cut them some slack for this OK Bachelor.
5. Andrew Firestone
Season three brought us an heir to a tire fortune who clearly loves hot tubs.
Sounds like the perfect Bachelor to me.
4. Chris Soules
For season 19's promo video, a shocking clip showed a pregnancy test found in the mansion. Scandalous!
But "Prince Farming" didn't actually knock anyone up in the Fantasy Suite. Womp, womp.
"I had nothing to do with the pregnancy test," Chris Soules swore to Entertainment Tonight. (That would've definitely caused a shift in his ranking, especially if he had impregnated Becca the Virgin...)
3. Matt Grant
So Matt Grant wasted season 12 by choosing, as he put it, “a woman who was about a foot and a half shorter than me, who had nothing in common with me, and thought there were palm trees in London."
But Grant admitted on E!’s “The Bachelor: Then & Now” special that his decision was, indeed, a mistake, and humility earns him bonus points.
Plus, his accent.
2. Andrew Baldwin
Lieutenant Bachelor, reporting for duty!
Naval officer Andy Baldwin was all-around perfection. He was in the Navy, he was an Ironman triathlete, and he's a surgeon.
To an outsider, Baldwin might seem too perfect — to the point where it comes across as douche-y, even. But he was actually really likable. Season 10 did right by America.
1. Sean Lowe
So season 17's Sean Lowe didn't marry the contestant that came out of the limo on night one wearing a wedding dress. But he did actually marry the receiver of his final rose, Catherine Giudici. The pair are still happily married and new parents to a baby boy, Samuel Thomas Lowe.
Aww! Alllllllll the roses go to Lowe for finding true love.
That is what "The Bachelor" is all about, after all.
UPDATE: March 6, 2018 — 11:50 a.m.
This post was updated to include Arie Luyendyk Jr.