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Bates Motel 

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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:
Vera Farmiga ...  Norma Louise Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Freddie Highmore ...  Norman Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Max Thieriot ...  Dylan Massett 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Olivia Cooke ...  Emma Decody 49 episodes, 2013-2017
Nestor Carbonell ...  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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USA

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English

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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Motel Bates See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although Norman Bates has traditionally been portrayed as an only child, Ed Gein, the real life serial killer whose atrocities were the basis for the character of Norman Bates, did, in fact, have an older brother. 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 »

Quotes

Dylan Massett: You'll do anything to get your way!
Norma Louise Bates: I've never gotten my way, and that includes being your mother!
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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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Follows Psycho (1960) See more »

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If 'Psycho IV" had been made into a TV series...
20 March 2013 | by kemoritySee all my reviews

An avid fan of Hitchcock, I thought this pilot was well done. Though, it was interesting to see an iPhone ring in Mother's house, being this is set in the modern day. Olivia Hussey left some big shoes to fill after her portrayal of Norma Bates, but I think (given this pilot) Vera Farmiga was well cast by the producers.

"Bates Motel" was well shot, written, acted and executed... all while being appropriately disturbing already. In order to fully appreciate it, you should watch the 1960 original, and the made-for-TV prequel. That's where "Motel" will take the torch and continue the pre-story of how Norma basically created who AFI lists as their #2 Top Villain of all Time.

I also enjoyed watching Freddie Highmore continue where Henry Thomas left off. I believed Thomas as a younger Perkins, and I believe Highmore as a younger Thomas. I appreciated the opening scene too, as it touched on an area where previous Psycho-related movies skipped.

I have high hopes for "Bates Motel" and will continue watching it. But, I must admit my bias, as "Psycho" is in my Top 5 favorite movies of all time list.

"Well, a boy's best friend is his mother."


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