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Bates Motel 

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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 6 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Vera Farmiga ...  Norma Louise Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Freddie Highmore ...  Norman Bates 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Max Thieriot ...  Dylan Massett 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Olivia Cooke ...  Emma Decody 49 episodes, 2013-2017
Nestor Carbonell ...  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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Together until the end. (Season 5) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Episode 5.2, Bates Motel: The Convergence of the Twain (2017), reveals that the first season took place in 2012 due to Norman being 17 years old. See more »

Goofs

The audio for Norma's car is always that of a diesel engine but the car, a Mercedes 280 SE 4.5, is a gasoline powered V8. See more »

Quotes

Norma Louise Bates: Why do crazy people keep gravitating towards me?
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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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Vera Farmiga. That about says it all.
30 June 2018 | by tylerjac-590-218503See all my reviews

Bates Motel is a binge worthy, down and dirty, yet artfully crafted masterpiece. Add the talents of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore and Nestor Carbonell and you have the holy grail.

The story line is well thought out- the acting is superb, the texture dark and frightening.

Vera Farmiga is probably the most under rated actor in the business. She is similar to a shape shifter, able to morph into something unique to the part she is playing. I guess that is the definition of " great actor "

She reminds me of that line from a song by Billy Joel, " She has a way about her "

That way is pleasing, both to the eye, and to the soul.

And as for Freddie Highmore, as I watched him develop the character, I began to believe that he really was insane. Great acting.

Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Romero. Everything you believe a Sheriff should be-a rough, tough, take no prisoners type of guy.

Things he did weren't always on the up and up, or even legal- but you found yourself still rooting for the guy.

Catch this show. You will find yourself thoroughly satisfied.


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