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Is 70 Too Late for Love? My Thoughts on ‘The Golden Bachelor’

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at FSU chapter.

This fall, ABC premiered its new series, The Golden Bachelor. The show is a spinoff of the network’s popular reality dating shows The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise. You can tune in to ABC every Thursday at 8 p.m. to watch the series unfold each week. This season follows the journey of 72-year-old Gerry Turner as he gets a second chance at love.

In the first episode, Turner tells a touching story of how he lost his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years in 2017 but is finally ready to immerse himself in the dating scene again. Turner pulls at America’s heartstrings when he speaks of his late wife. His cracking voice and teary eyes perfectly convey his love for her. During the upcoming weeks, Turner will continue to go on dates and build connections with the remaining women he chooses to present roses to until only one remains. Although the show is still in its early weeks, The Golden Bachelor has had incredible ratings and drawn in a new viewing audience for the ABC network. The loyal Bachelor fans tuned in, of course, but additionally, because of the older ages of Turner and the contestants, the show has enticed a whole new age range of senior viewers.

Along with the new group of viewers, featuring an older generation of cast members has brought a newfound maturity to the show. On The Golden Bachelor, we see heartfelt moments instead of the typical petty drama between contestants showcased on other Bachelor shows. This shift in entertainment value has allowed viewers to get to know the contestants on a much deeper level and become more attached to them. This makes rose ceremonies especially nerve-wracking as I find myself genuinely not wanting anyone to go home.

The age aspect of the contestants has also eliminated the presence of clout-hungry fame chasers who are on the show looking to grow their social followings. These personalities are often cast on the other Bachelor shows, but everyone on The Golden Bachelor has been making a genuine effort to make a romantic connection with Turner so far. Probably one of the most refreshing aspects of The Golden Bachelor is the friendship between the women. From episode one, we saw the female contestants rally around each other’s backstories and become friends. Since then, we have seen them turn to each other in multiple ways, especially for emotional support.

So back to the original question… is 70 too old to find love? I don’t think so. All of the gorgeous women on the program and Turner himself prove week after week that love has no age limit. The Golden Bachelor showcases the sweetest moments between elderly people who have lost their spouses and are truly looking for someone to spend the rest of their lives with. The show will make you say “aw” and may even have you shedding a few tears. I recommend getting caught up and tuning in this Thursday, ‘cause you’re not going to want to miss this week’s episode! 

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I am currently a junior at Florida State University obtaining my undergraduate degree from The College of Communications. I am majoring in Media Communications and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship with an expected graduation date of May 2025.