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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 3 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A boy's best friend is his mother. (Season 1) See more »


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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Motel Bates  »

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Even though the series is set in modern day, Vera Farmiga's look, including her hairstyle and costumes, subtly reflect the style of 1959, from when the movie Psycho (1960) was filmed. All of the other characters are wearing clothes of the present day. 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: When I moved here, no one prepared me for the colossal, frickin' face-dive off a cliff that living in this crazy town really is!
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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 I Be Geniusen Stuff: Bates Motel S2 (2015) See more »

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Scary, Suspenseful, Good Acting, and Utterly Unsettling
5 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Now, I had my doubts, for Psycho was one of the best horror movies ever to be made, and making a prequel show could ruin it all. But, my doubts proved to be fortunately wrong. The story centers around young Norman Bates, who's just moved to a small Bay Area town with his mother Norma Bates. It is set in the modern world, so that's why I had to rack a point off, but who cares. It is absolutely amazing. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore lead an all stellar cast into the world of serial murder, cover ups, and horrific betrayal that can only go so unimaginably high. With shocks and gasps, and the kind of suspense that makes you clench your teeth, Bates Motel is definitely a must watch. If you haven't see this show yet, go on to channel 46 and start watching because it will grip you, and it won't let go.


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