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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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Series cast summary:
...  Norma Louise Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Norman Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Dylan Massett 50 episodes, 2013-2017
...  Emma Decody 49 episodes, 2013-2017
...  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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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Olivia Cooke is English. Although she plays Emma with an American accent, the character's backstory states that she's originally from the UK. See more »

Goofs

The audio for Norma's car is always that of a diesel engine but the car, a Mercedes 280 SE 4.5, is a gasoline powered V8. 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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Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Pilot (2015) 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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