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Bates Motel 

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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »
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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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Together until the end. (Season 5) 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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Even though the series is set in modern day, Vera Farmiga's look, including her hairstyle and costumes, subtly reflect the style of 1959, from when the movie Psycho (1960) was filmed. All of the other characters are wearing clothes of the present day. 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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Norman Bates: It's just a dream, Dylan.
Dylan Massett: You wouldn't want to actually hurt anybody though, would you?
Norman Bates: Of course I wouldn't want to. I've never wanted to hurt anyone. Except you once in a while.
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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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Referenced in Cash Trapped: Episode #2.22 (2017) See more »

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Great cast , interesting episodes so far
26 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this series but a combination of good cast and fun episodes makes me look forward to this series on Mondays, right after The Following :D. The two main characters also are fantastic in the show. Freddie Highmore is always great in his roles and he even looks like a younger Norman. He puts on a very believable, soon to be psycho, Norman bates. And of course Verga Farmiga is also great as the overprotective mother.

Only thing I don't like so far is how "close" the mother/son are. Hopefully it doesn't turn into something like incest which would be a big turn off to the show.


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