Bates Motel (2013–2017)
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Norman helps Chick with a project; Romero makes his move; an apologetic Madeleine reaches out to Norman.


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Norma Louise Bates
Freddie Highmore ... Norman Bates
Max Thieriot ... Dylan Massett (credit only)
Olivia Cooke ... Emma Decody (credit only)
Nestor Carbonell ... Alex Romero
Ryan Hurst ... Chick Hogan
Kenny Johnson ... Caleb Calhoun
Isabelle McNally ... Madeleine Loomis
Austin Nichols ... Sam Loomis (credit only)
Travis Breure Travis Breure ... Young Caleb
Malcolm Craig ... Boy
Mira Eden ... Young Norma
Cameron Forbes ... Male Marshall
Joshua Hinkson ... Jason
Panta Mosleh ... Female Marshall


After the usual abuse for jailed cops, former sheriff Alex Romero is transferred by a sympathizing US marshal, whom he overpowers gently, then steals a car but gets stranded without gas. Norman finds himself chained in the basement by Norma(n), but can convince 'either' nor Chick to release him, even after delighting them with the happy news of Dylan's baby. Chick carefully stays in hesitant Norman's good books, posing as confident accomplice, covering up for his Norma episodes, yet only 'Norma' embraces his staying on as handyman. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Kenny Johnson & Ryan Hurst previously worked together on Sons of Anarchy (2008) as Herman Kozik & Harry 'Opie' Winston. See more »


Chick Hogan: [buying a typewriter] If it worked for Hemingway, Chandler, and Hammett, it's gonna have to work for me.
Pawn Store Clerk: What are you writing?
Chick Hogan: A novel.
Pawn Store Clerk: What kind?
Chick Hogan: True crime.
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Austin Nichols (Sam) doesn't appear despite being listed in the opening credits. This usually only happens with the main actors of a show, not with guest actors like him. See more »

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Emotion Over Gun.
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.

Bad Blood

It shifts back and forth like Farmiga and Highmore does. Who's reaching for whom, we don't know, we may never, but one thing's for sure, the dance between them balances the perfect revenge ravishingly.

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