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A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.
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 Norma Louise Bates (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Norman Bates (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Dylan Massett (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Emma Decody (49 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Sheriff Alex Romero / ... (48 episodes, 2013-2017)
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"Bates Motel" is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film "Psycho," and gives a portrayal of how Norman Bates' (Freddie Highmore) psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans discover the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), truly is. Written by A&E Television Networks

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A boy's best friend is his mother. (Season 1) See more »


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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Nicola Peltz appeared in fewer episodes in season two because she was filming Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). See more »

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The outside of the Bates house is extremely small. The front porch is no more than 10 feet wide, and the whole house less than 25 feet wide, and perhaps 30 feet deep. (This is about the size of 4 of their hotel rooms.) And yet many of the rooms inside the house are much larger than this. The master bedroom alone is at least 30'x30', and it is just one room on the upper hallway, that includes a vaulted stairway. See more »

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Deputy Zack Shelby: [to Norma] I love you, you idiot!
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Names in the main credits have one letter (in each part of the name) in blue neon, like the Bates Motel sign. The letter is usually at or near the middle of the name. See more »

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Scary, Suspenseful, Good Acting, and Utterly Unsettling
5 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Now, I had my doubts, for Psycho was one of the best horror movies ever to be made, and making a prequel show could ruin it all. But, my doubts proved to be fortunately wrong. The story centers around young Norman Bates, who's just moved to a small Bay Area town with his mother Norma Bates. It is set in the modern world, so that's why I had to rack a point off, but who cares. It is absolutely amazing. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore lead an all stellar cast into the world of serial murder, cover ups, and horrific betrayal that can only go so unimaginably high. With shocks and gasps, and the kind of suspense that makes you clench your teeth, Bates Motel is definitely a must watch. If you haven't see this show yet, go on to channel 46 and start watching because it will grip you, and it won't let go.


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