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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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Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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In episode 1.6 Bates Motel: The Truth (2013), Dylan (Max Thieriot) says that he's 21 years old , but in episode 1.10Bates Motel: Midnight (2013), he says that he's 22 which means that his birthday is in the early part of 2013 as the winter formal takes place in that episode and the series premiere was set in 2012. 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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Norma Louise Bates: [repeated voice in Norman's head] Norman, you know what you have to do.
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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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Creepy Show!
27 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho 1960) was a suspenseful and frightening film about Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his dead Mother. The Bates Motel TV SHOW takes the story to a whole new level. It it is a prequel to the movie, about Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother, Norma Louise Bates (Vera Farmiga). Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga give an excellent performance in their roles. There are many other added features to the show including characters that are connected to the Bates family. I would recommend watching this show if you haven't seen it yet. Please see it from the beginning. There are many new twists in the story. I believe any Alfred Hitchcock fan would be excited to see this show. If you are a horror fan, watch this upcoming season!


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