"Bachelorette's" bleak chances at love

Slide show: We look at the franchise's tangled history of breakups, romance and domestic disputes

Published August 3, 2010 5:02AM (EDT)

America's divorce rate is roughly 50 percent, but couples in the "Bachelor" franchise face far bleaker odds. The happy duo must grapple with tabloid scrutiny, the frequent buzzkill of a long-distance relationship and the fact that, you know, they met on national television.

This season's "Bachelorette" followed Ali Fedotowsky, the plucky San Franciscan we last saw on "The Bachelor" pitching a fit on the hotel floor before leaving the show to return to her job. Now that she and Roberto Martinez (left) have pledged their gushy, undying love by getting engaged on the "Bachelorette's" finale, we take a look back at what host Chris Harrison might call the "long, amazing journey" of the franchise: A legacy of broken engagements, WTF moments and the incredibly rare happy ending.

By Salon Staff

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