Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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First You Dream, Then You Die 

Six months after the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her youngest son Norman relocate to White Pine Bay, Oregon where she has bought a small motel in a foreclosure sale. The place is ... See full summary »


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Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett (voice)
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nicola Peltz ... Bradley Martin
W. Earl Brown ... Keith Summers
Nestor Carbonell ... Sheriff Alex Romero
David Cubitt ... Sam Bates
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Miss Watson
Mike Vogel ... Deputy Zack Shelby
Richard Harmon ... Richard Sylmore
Emmalyn Estrada Emmalyn Estrada ... Hayden
Jenna Romanin Jenna Romanin ... Jenna
Conchita Campbell ... Kennedy
Brittney Wilson ... Lissa


Six months after the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her youngest son Norman relocate to White Pine Bay, Oregon where she has bought a small motel in a foreclosure sale. The place is run down but she hopes to make a go of it despite threats from the former owner Keith Summers and news that the town may build a bypass around the town. Norman makes a good impression on some of the girls at school. His mother isn't keen on him being out much but when he sneaks out at night to be with them, Summers attacks his mother. There are things going on in the town that they're not yet aware of however. Written by garykmcd

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18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


At the beginning of this episode, before Norman (Freddie Highmore) finds his father's body, photos of birds can be seen on the wall. This is a reference to the film Psycho (1960) as pictures of birds adorn the walls of the motel. See more »


In Season 1, the Bates had just arrived to Oregon after moving from Arizona. So Norma's car had a set of standard, front and rear Arizona license plates. Nice detail, except that Arizona only issues one standard license plate, for the rear. See more »


Norma Louise Bates: This is the part where you say, "Mother, this is beautiful. I am so happy we're moving here. You are so smart to have thought of this.""
Norman Bates: Mother, this is so beautiful. I'm so happy you're making me move here. You're so smart to force me to do things I have no say in.
Norma Louise Bates: You're an ass.
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References Jane Eyre (1943) See more »


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The First Mistake.
13 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Bates Motel

Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, it took these names to recreate the Hitchcockian legacy, balancing the fame and art, it is TV horror- something that hasn't quite cultivated as it has in cinematic life- among the best. First of all, it is one of those rare spin-off that works, it bucks the trend, but that's not saying a lot considering that we haven't had major success in such derivations. And it is to not be easily forgotten that even a huge funded show as such, the series took some time before it started running on the field smoothly. Some might give it a few episodes, personally I think it was from the third season where they finally agreed, in sync, to what or how they have to showcase this troublesome family. And it is a family event.

Unlike the films, this one deals majorly with the reasoning and history of why these members were pushed like such. And as far as that part is concerned, I find that they are hitting all the notes on the right scale. Do notice that whenever a family drama is involved, the chapters soar above all the other genre it claims to be. Some of the best elements are them, these family members, trying to resist and accept each other in the middle of this blood bath and crime sites that they take along with them, wherever they go.

Another expected outcome, is the performance of the cast. The creators have invested smartly on Vera Farmiga and she serves the appetite you were expecting from her. What's surprising is, Freddie Highmore- especially in third season where he transforms from something innocent to less innocent- pouring his soul out, he crafts this infamous character with precision and watery communicative eyes. Just watching these two reside in Bates Motel, makes the day for me.

First You Dream, Then You Die

The writing is chalky, especially the momentum it wishes to carry and magnitude it fails to weigh in on the emotional aspect of the characters. The storyline on the other hand is more fabricated that always spirals out from the core relationship that they drive the series from.

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