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Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son.
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 Norma Louise Bates (40 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Norman Bates (40 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Dylan Massett (40 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Emma Decody (39 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Sheriff Alex Romero / ... (37 episodes, 2013-2016)
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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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Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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The exterior of the Bates' house is a faithful reproduction of the design for the characters' house in Psycho (1960), which was in turn modeled by Alfred Hitchcock after Edward Hopper's 1925 painting The House by the Railroad. That painting was the very first one that was acquired by New York's Museum of Modern Art (in 1930). 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: Mother, are you sure we shouldn't call for help?
Norma Louise Bates: No one's ever going to help us, Norman. No one's ever helped us.
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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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