ABC’s popular dating franchise is entering its sunset years with The Golden Bachelor. Premiering Sept. 28, the Bachelor Nation’s highly-anticipated senior dating spinoff will follow 72-year-old widower Gerry Turner in his quest for love.
Bachelor alum Jesse Palmer will host the new series, which will follow the same format as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The Golden Bachelor‘s 22 contestants are “accomplished golden ladies” between 60 to 75 years old who will “take time away from their established home lives, friends and family in the quest to rediscover love,” says ABC. Among them is Patty James, the mother of Matt James from The Bachelor season 25.
The retired restaurateur was previously married for 43 years to his school sweetheart, Toni, who passed away suddenly in 2017 from a bacterial infection. In his primetime TV debut during The Bachelorette‘s season 20 reunion show, Turner explained that his expectations are different this time around: “What I look for at the age of 70 is different from what I looked for in high school and college. I believe I’ll find my person — the new person that will make me whole again. And I think we’ll knit a wonderful relationship. But I don’t think it’ll look like the relationship I had with Toni. And I don’t think it would be right to do it that way.”
To celebrate the new series, ABC is staging golden takeovers in Los Angeles and New York. Today through Oct. 1, L.A. seniors can get Golden Hour discounts from 5 to 7 p.m. at iconic spots including Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset (Sept. 22-24), and Randy’s Donuts and Pink’s Hot Dogs (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), which will also offer limited-edition treats, giveaways and photo ops. This weekend, Golden food trucks will be parked in L.A. and NYC. On the West Coast, find it on Friday at Ovation Hollywood, Mel’s Drive-In on Sunset, The Grove and Pan-Pacific Park; Saturday at Santa Monica Pier and in Venice at Hotel Erwin and The Brig on Abbot Kinney; and Sunday at Melrose Trading Post and Canter’s Deli on Fairfax. In the Big Apple, visit it Friday at Bryant Park and Madison Square Park; Saturday at Union Square and Sunday in the Meatpacking District and FiDi.
Those not in L.A. or NYC can also earn “golden discounts” at select online retailers and Disney-owned brands for a limited time, including at 1-800-Flowers.com (save 40 percent off two dozen roses with a vase on Sept. 28), Dylan’s Candy Bar (get 25 percent off full-priced purchases with code GOLDEN) and Fandango (save $5 off a movie ticket from Sept. 28-Oct. 1); get more details here.
Below, find out how to stream The Golden Bachelor online, including for free and without cable.
How to Watch The Golden Bachelor Online: Premiere Date, Episode Schedule
The Golden Bachelor premieres Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC. Episodes will stream the following day on Hulu, and will air weekly on Thursdays.
Hulu base plan subscriptions are $7.99 per month for the ad-supported option or $14.99 monthly for the ad-free tier. New subscribers can watch The Golden Bachelor for free with Hulu’s one-month trial.
You can also save on streaming with select Disney Bundles and Hulu with Live TV plans. The Disney Bundle Duo Basic includes Hulu and Disney+ with ads for $9.99 per month.
Through Oct. 12, new subscribers can get the Disney Bundle Trio (Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+) for $12.99 for the Basic ad-supported plan, or $19.99 for the Premium package with no ads on Hulu and Disney+ (ESPN+ includes ads).
Cord cutters who want to watch their local ABC channel live can subscribe to the Hulu with Live TV ad-free plan that includes Disney+ and ESPN+ for only $49.99 monthly for the first three months. After Oct. 12, the prices will increase to $14.99 to $24.99 per month for the Disney Bundle Trio Basic and Premium and $89.99 for the Hulu with Live TV package.
There are other ways to catch up on The Golden Bachelor without traditional cable. You can watch the show on live TV streaming services that carry ABC, including DirecTV Stream ($64.99 and up monthly), FuboTV ($75 and up monthly) and Sling’s Blue package (reg. $45 monthly half off your first month).