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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 5 wins & 61 nominations. See more awards »

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...  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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She wouldn't even harm a fly. (Season 4) 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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The role of Emma's (Olivia Cooke) dad was portrayed by two actors over the course of the series. Will DeCody was originally played by Ian Hart before Andrew Howard took over the role in Season 3, episode 7, Bates Motel: The Last Supper (2015). See more »

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In "Psycho" Norman tells Marion that he only stuffs birds. He stated he could never do a dog or a cat like other people. However, in "Bates Motel" he first acquires his interest in taxidermy with a dog and is seen working on other mammals as well. 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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Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc (2016) See more »

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A must watch series even horror-haters will love it too!
23 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure the age range of the "reviews" written by a view of these people, but I must say they are way off about this show. I went into this series with high hopes. I knew Norma and Norman's relationship would be deeply explored, and that's what drew me in. I however was not expecting there to be so much intriguing mystery surrounding the little community they find themselves in. The casting is top notch, I honestly don't think they could have picked a better actress for Norma.

With most series you get a small taste with the pilot episode. Just enough to make you stick around long enough for the series to pick up speed, but this isn't so with Bates Motel. It starts at Mach 1 and doesn't let up. We are now about half way into the series it just keeps getting better and better. It's a Horror story, a gripping mystery, and one very good plot twist after another. Honestly I can't tell you the last time I've watched a series with this many twists in it so early into its run. Don't listen to the kids who wrote bad reviews. There parents shouldn't be letting them watch this anyway, its definitely an adult oriented show.

Take my advice and do not miss this show. It's one of the best on TV right now.


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