Ben And Lauren Series Premiere

Ben & Lauren Series Premiere Recap: Will You Accept This Bachelor Spinoff?

Confession: I didn’t watch Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell fall in love on The Bachelor, so I had no idea what to expect going into the couple’s Freeform spinoff Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?

I will say this, though: Based solely on Tuesday’s series premiere, it’s clear to me that Lauren has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. For someone who spent an entire season on a reality dating show, she seems strangely oblivious to how that world works, including her post-Bachelor responsibilities.

Case in point: The big drama of the premiere centers around Ben and Lauren being asked to attend the taping of JoJo Fletcher’s After the Final Rose special. JoJo, of course, was the runner up of Ben’s Bachelor season — he told both women that he loved them, a fact Lauren reminds him of every five minutes — and Lauren is worried that seeing JoJo again could stir up old feelings.

“That’s a weird request,” Lauren says — which it’s not. In reality, It’s a perfectly reasonable request to ask a former cast member of a television show to return for a reunion event. It makes a lot more sense than, say, attempting to install a toilet yourself after merely Googling the procedure.

Following a few more shenanigans — if someone messed with my Oreos like that, I would call off the wedding immediately — the (mostly) happy couple eventually does go to Los Angeles for the AFR special, bringing us full-circle to where the episode began. (Seriously, there’s less time-jumping on The Flash than there is on this show.)

If nothing else, this first episode did a great job of answering my biggest question about the series, which was: “Why is there a question mark after ‘Happily Ever After’?” It turns out that, as long as JoJo is slithering around on this earth, Ben and Lauren’s future will always remain in jeopardy. So… this should be fun.

Additional Thoughts…

* Ben’s intense fear of clowns is oddly well-timed. I hope he hasn’t been reading the news lately.

* How many shopping carts do you think Ben will break over the course of his lifetime?

* Did Lauren really not know about street sweepers? I think we might have another Jessica “Chicken of the Sea” Simpson on our hands.

* My new go-to excuse for having to get off the phone is: “I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over this really aggressive mariachi band. I’ll call you back.”

Your thoughts on Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.

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  1. M3rc_Nate says:

    I have mixed feelings but am really excited for what was shown in the “coming this season” preview at the end. Don’t get me wrong, I honestly think Ben & Lauren were being real, however I dislike certain things about the show so far.
    It felt like a lot of the moments were setup. Instead of cameras following them around all day and some of the night, it felt like they had “appointment” scenes. Like the producers before hand setup the coffee date with the twins and instruct one of the twins to show her some gossip article to add to the narrative of the episode which is Lauren being anxious about Ben & Jojo. The rest of the episode really felt that way. It didn’t feel like we were organically watching their real life with no/little producer influence. Especially in the Mexican restaurant, I’d bet $100 the producers staged that phone call and Mexican band playing at the same time.
    I don’t like that. If I am going to watch a reality series I prefer it to be more reality-docu series. And heck my bar isn’t THAT high, I loved the Eric & Jessie series on E! which was light and fluffy but didn’t feel or look setup. It was just cameras following most of their life.

  2. Selma says:

    Are you kidding me? First of all, they are both BORING as hell. You wanna watch a show that features people that have personalities, how weird or awful or great they might be. Case in point: Jessica and Nick. Dumbest people but entertaining.

    Every single moment was staged. How she waited just before walking out to say she didn’t want to do it. Just look and hear Ben after that. That is some BAD acting. The woman planted in the grocery store, asking about JoJo….so awfully staged. The restaurant.

    Also. It’s clear how fake of a person Lauren is. It doesn’t bring her out in the best light when she talks crap about another woman. Why would you agree to do the show, and why would you still resent a woman that is engaged to another man?

    I will be watching a couple more but it’s really bad.

  3. linda says:

    went in a big supporter, unfortunately came out disappointed. i feel they tried a bit too hard and i especially didn’t like the way lauren sometimes treated ben. she came off as manipulative and bitchy :( got tired of hearing about jojo too. she found love on her own journey so i think lauren needs to move on