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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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Blood is thicker. (Season 2) See more »


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18 March 2013 (USA)  »

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With the airing of Bates Motel, this marks the third time a replica of the Psycho (1960) house has been built. The first replica was built for Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990). The second replica was built in Winnemucca, Nevada in 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Psycho. 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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Norman Bates: Mother, are you sure we shouldn't call for help?
Norma Louise Bates: No one's ever going to help us, Norman. No one's ever helped us.
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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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Follows Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) See more »

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Based on first three episodes
5 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom midlands) – See all my reviews

Watch it,that is all that needs to said about this series.It has got decent actors,great pacing it has the makings to become one of my favourite shows.I can not wait for the next episode,i have watched three and they have all been very good i would rate this as a nine out of ten.I was not expecting it to be this good.I am not going to say to much as i don't want to spoil it.There are some shocking moments so remember that it has a horror theme and is very violent in places.They have gone all out with good actors i knew all of them from good films and series.The guy who plays the legendary Norman Bates does it perfectly,he even looks like him from certain angles,the mother plays the part very well i cant pick a bad fault about any of the actors.The story has me hooked,i know this is going to be good all the way to the end.


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