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Bates Motel 4 Seasons 2013

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (550) IMDb 8.1/10

From Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be, Norman Bates, and his mother Norma. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman's formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time.

Starring:
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

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1. First You Dream, Then You Die

After the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) buys a motel on the outskirts of an idyllic coastal town seeking a fresh start. Her handsome and shy teenage son Norman (Freddie Highmore) quickly catches the eyes of the local girls, much to his mother's horror. Norma and Norman soon discover the idyllic town isn't what it seems, and the locals will do anything to protect their secret.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 18, 2013
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2. Nice Town You Picked, Norma...

Dylan wastes no time causing trouble at home and all the while, the Bates family is inexorably drawn into the dark underbelly of White Pine Bay.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 25, 2013
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3. What's Wrong With Norman

Dylan starts his new job and learns that there is more to it than he thought. Meanwhile, Norman and Emma make a shocking discovery.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 1, 2013
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4. Trust Me...

Norma's suspicions about people in town are raised, but other distractions continue to surface.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 8, 2013
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5. Ocean View

Norman desperately seeks his mother's return home as Norma gets some much needed help. Norman and Emma find more clues that lead to a big discovery, while Norman continues to pursue Bradley.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 15, 2013
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6. The Truth

Dylan asks Norman to move in with him. Chaos ensues at the Bates home as Norma tells Emma that some things are better kept to themselves.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 22, 2013
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7. The Man in Number 9

Norma's first guest at the Bates Motel is not what she expected. Norman discovers that even popular girls are complicated.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 29, 2013
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8. A Boy And His Dog

Norma finds herself in conflict with a mysterious stranger. Rumors spread at school and Bradley is not enthused. Dylan and Remo go on a road trip that has a violent outcome. Norman takes up a grisly hobby.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 6, 2013
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9. Underwater

Abernathy amps up the pressure, but Norma doesn't know what he wants. Dylan and Bradley connect. Norman has an active imagination, which Miss Watson encourages. Emma goes on a trip.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 13, 2013
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10. Midnight

Romero decides that it is time to act and Norman takes Emma to the dance. Miss Watson gives Norman a ride home.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 20, 2013
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Bonus: First Look

Check in to Bates Motel with this special excerpt from the series' pilot episode.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 6 minutes Release date: March 4, 2013
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I'm kind of curious about some of the one star reviews here that rate it low based on the "violence and murder." What did these reviewers expect from show based on "Psycho?" A sweet tale about a boy and his mom? I mwan come on! These people should have known what they were getting themselves into right from the beginning. It's based on the most classic of classic horror films!

Anyway.

I'll admit, I was wary of this one when I saw the very first promo for it online. You don't mess with classics, and by all accounts, Hitchcock's "Psycho" is about as classic as it gets. Even more concerning was the apparent modernization of the tale. But the more I saw, the more intrigued I became. There was something about that creepy little smile of Freddie Highmore's that made me deeply curious.

I have to say, the first episode hooked me. Highmore plays young Norman Bates and his quirks with a creepy subtlety that pays homage Anthony Perkins performance in the original. He's humble, naïve, polite and mild mannered yet you can see that budding psychotic fighting to come through pretty early on. It's in no way overdone, and Norman is completely unaware of this other self. Yet you can sympathize with the kid. He's socially awkward and sometimes blunt and inappropriate, but even then, you can't hate him. Maybe it's knowing what he becomes that makes it sympathetic, knowing that this smart (mostly) nice kid has such a fate in store for him. Maybe it's just Highmore's portrayal of him, or a little of both. Either way, his journey into psychosis is a nuanced slow burn rather than an outright explosion. You can see it building slowly alongside the building tension from episode to episode, a little at a time.
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Well after actually watching the first 3 episodes I can safely say that this is a truly creepy show :) The story seems good, the actors are almost perfect for their parts and Norman is slowly becoming the guy we all know and love (creepy!).

I think this show is going to make it if the writers don't get cold feet and start making it politically correct and less violent since this is about a person who will become a murdering psycho (ignoring the fact it is set in the present day rather than in the past) so we EXPECT him to do evil things sooner or later and his Mom's level of affection is plain uncomfortable (I did not want to overuse the word creepy again but she makes my skin crawl a bit)

This is MUCh more than a story about Norman getting older and stabbing a girl in the shower, this is a whole new series based on the premise of the motion picture but since it is set in the present day obviously it is not the same story exactly :) This is good storytelling.

Enjoy the newest reimagining of a great story.

UPDATE: Well just to repeat what another reviewer has said, this show really DOES get better with each episode, the first couple of episodes I thought were pretty good but by the end of episode 4 I was addicted and they keep getting better.
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I was born after Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" hit the theaters, so I missed all the hype and promotional gimmicks, such as "No one will be admitted to the theater after the film has begun" and "Don't give away the ending" and the dramatic and traumatic trailers. When I saw the film for the first time, I had no idea that Janet Leigh was a huge star and how it was a Hollywood no-no to kill off the major star during the first reel. However, I did know the big revelation at the end before I saw the picture.

Still, the movie was spell-binding. The photography, the movement of the camera, the lighting, and especially the use of shadows gave the film a very creepy atmosphere of inescapable isolation. Combining that with subtle sound effects and a hair-raising score, the film became the perfect setting in which to tell a bone-chilling story using interesting characters. All that was needed was a great script and great actors to play the characters.

Based on the novel by Robert Bloch who was inspired by Wisconsin murderer Ed Gain, the screenplay's adaptation went to Joseph Stefano, who later helped develop the "Outer Limits" series. Stefano fleshed out the characters as best he could given the rather limiting format of a script. Hitchcock, who directed the film, added even more dimension to each character by envisioning every nuance and manner each would possess.

Hitchcock's casting was brilliant. He was very exacting and gave actors very little elbow room when it came to straying from his very precise direction. But his actors were strong enough and talented enough to allow their characters to come across as "real people," rather than as robots programmed to speak and move according to Hitchcock's instructions.
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By Markus on January 30, 2014
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I only saw the second to the last episode by accident and i was hooked!! I obviously bought the DVD Season One to watch it all with no commercials!! I have not even seen the original Hitchcock Psycho but I love the plot and the storyline basing on just this one. It is definitely a psycho thriller but it is also corky and funny, creepy not gory. The best part is the actors just played their roles perfectly as if this was intended for them. Hats off to Vera and Freddie!! Genius indeed!!
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