Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Dark Paradise 

Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.

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Tucker Gates

Writers:

Carlton Cuse (developed for television by), Kerry Ehrin (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody
Nestor Carbonell ... Alex Romero
Kenny Johnson ... Caleb Calhoun
Isabelle McNally ... Madeleine Loomis
Austin Nichols ... Sam Loomis
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Joe Blackwell
Vivian Lanko ... Village Woman
Sam Vincent ... Phil
Kyle Warren ... Dean
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Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Madeleine (Isabelle McNally) are talking, "Mother" appears in the upstairs window of the house, which is a reference to the scenes in Psycho (1998) where Detective Arbogast (Martin Balsam) believes he can see Norma's silhouette when he visits the property and Sam (John Gavin) and Lila (Vera Miles) also think they see her. See more »

Quotes

Norman Bates: What dream am I in Mother?
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At Last
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Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Performed by Etta James
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Same Old Beginning.
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.

Dark Paradise

They are just laying out the ground work and still aren't letting go off the family drama that made what the series what it is now. And this is what I like about them, plenty of characters hovering around, puppeteered with only one string.


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