Bates Motel

2012 • A&E
487 reviews
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Season 1 episodes (10)

1 First You Dream, Then You Die
After the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start. Her handsome and shy teenage son Norman (Freddie Highmore) quickly catches the eyes of the local girls, much to his mother's horror. Norma and Norman soon discover the idyllic town isn't what it seems, and the locals will do anything to protect their secret. But the Bates are done being pushed around and they will do whatever it takes to survive - and to protect secrets of their own. When everything is most tense, an unexpected guest arrives and turns their lives upside down.
2 Nice Town You Picked, Norma...
Dylan wastes no time causing trouble at home and all the while, the Bates family is inexorably drawn into the dark underbelly of White Pine Bay.
3 What's Wrong With Norman
Dylan starts his new job and learns that there is more to it than he thought. Meanwhile, Norman and Emma make a shocking discovery.
4 Trust Me...
Norma's suspicions about people in town are raised, but other distractions continue to surface.
5 Ocean View
Norman desperately seeks his mother's return home as Norma gets some much needed help. Norman and Emma find more clues that lead to a big discovery, while Norman continues to pursue Bradley.
6 The Truth
Dylan asks Norman to move in with him. Chaos ensues at the Bates home as Norma tells Emma that some things are better kept to themselves.
7 The Man in Number 9
Norma's first guest at the Bates Motel is not what she expected. Norman discovers that even popular girls are complicated.
8 A Boy And His Dog
Norma finds herself in conflict with a mysterious stranger. Rumors spread at school and Bradley is not enthused. Dylan and Remo go on a road trip that has a violent outcome. Norman takes up a grisly hobby.
9 Underwater
Abernathy amps up the pressure, but Norma doesn't know what he wants. Dylan and Bradley connect. Norman has an active imagination, which Miss Watson encourages. Emma goes on a trip.
10 Midnight
Romero decides that it is time to act and Norman takes Emma to the dance. Miss Watson gives Norman a ride home.

About this show

From Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be, Norman Bates, and his mother Norma, played by Vera Famiga. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman's formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.
487 reviews
Eric Davis
June 4, 2016
A definite must see. This is by far the best and most enjoyable television series I have ever seen. The acting is incredible, the eerie mood at times is awesome. I submitted a previous review on Netflix, having watched seasons 1-3 there, and eagerly bought season 4 on Google. The original 1960 Psycho with Anthony Perkins being my all-time favorite movie, and having enjoyed its sequels also with Anthony Perkins, and then its re-make with Vince Vaughn, I was only too curious to watch Bates Motel to watch Norman's character develop into who he is in "Psycho" and his relationship with the mother that we never see in the movie. I absolutely cannot wait to see season 5.
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Tristan Phoenix-Walton
September 9, 2014
Bates Motel is an amusing prequel of the life of infamous twisted psycho, Norman Bates, showing his rocky relationship with his mom and influential events before he turns full fledged homicidal. Acting is good, plotlines are intriguing, retro music usage in a contemporary setting is neat, suspense and drama is thick, Norman's charming creep factor and demeanors are established excellently and the tragic events he endures pulls the reason together well why he became a monster. It's a top show. Watch it.
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florin buckner
April 24, 2015
Its getting to be sickening...Norman is becoming insane and Norma has been protecting him ever since the beginning of the show. Now she is becoming insane herself because all the crap she puts her self through. This show is depressing and self focused....i don't like this anymore.
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