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Bates Motel (2013– )

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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 ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Norma Louise Bates (32 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Norman Bates (32 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Dylan Massett (32 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Emma Decody (31 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Sheriff Alex Romero (28 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Bradley Martin (14 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Caleb (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
 Gunner (13 episodes, 2013-2015)


"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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Release Date:

18 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When asked if she would like to direct an episode of the show, Vera Farmiga hesitates because on a TV show the director doesn't have final cut. See more »


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 »


Norma Louise Bates: When I moved here, no one prepared me for the colossal, frickin' face-dive off a cliff that living in this crazy town really is!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Epic Ink: The Duel and the Dark Knight (2014) See more »

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Bates Motel Surprised Me!
8 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am pretty picky when it comes to television shows... and I actually really enjoy this one. It isn't my favorite, but it's definitely a lot better than expected! It's certainly on the DVR list.

I think that the actors are actually quite good (so many bad shows with terrible actors/actresses). The cast seems to have been carefully chosen, as the mother suits the role very well and the actor who plays Norman is absolutely perfect for the role. He is endearingly awkward.

I was worried it would be too "teenage" but it is not. It's actually not quite as dark as I had thought, but it is working it's way in that direction... which is good. I like a slow build. We learn more and more about Norman and his "issues" slowly through each episode instead of having it all thrown right in our faces in the first episode.

I suggest giving it a try!!

(sorry if this sucked... it's my first review!!)

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