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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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 Norma Louise Bates (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Norman Bates (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Dylan Massett (50 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 Emma Decody (49 episodes, 2013-2017)
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 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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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Motel Bates  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Norma's car is a 1973 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5. See more »

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The outside of the Bates house is extremely small. The front porch is no more than 10 feet wide, and the whole house less than 25 feet wide, and perhaps 30 feet deep. (This is about the size of 4 of their hotel rooms.) And yet many of the rooms inside the house are much larger than this. The master bedroom alone is at least 30'x30', and it is just one room on the upper hallway, that includes a vaulted stairway. See more »

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Norman Bates: [to his mother] No matter where we go, things will always be the same, because you do things that don't make sense! You, you're crazy!
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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 Half in the Bag: The 2016 Oscars (2016) See more »

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A must watch series even horror-haters will love it too!
23 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure the age range of the "reviews" written by a view of these people, but I must say they are way off about this show. I went into this series with high hopes. I knew Norma and Norman's relationship would be deeply explored, and that's what drew me in. I however was not expecting there to be so much intriguing mystery surrounding the little community they find themselves in. The casting is top notch, I honestly don't think they could have picked a better actress for Norma.

With most series you get a small taste with the pilot episode. Just enough to make you stick around long enough for the series to pick up speed, but this isn't so with Bates Motel. It starts at Mach 1 and doesn't let up. We are now about half way into the series it just keeps getting better and better. It's a Horror story, a gripping mystery, and one very good plot twist after another. Honestly I can't tell you the last time I've watched a series with this many twists in it so early into its run. Don't listen to the kids who wrote bad reviews. There parents shouldn't be letting them watch this anyway, its definitely an adult oriented show.

Take my advice and do not miss this show. It's one of the best on TV right now.


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