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Bates Motel is a television show that was inspired by Psycho by Robert Bloch, a suspense novel. The show was immediately picked up for a 10 episode season by A&E, without even a pilot episode. Vera Farmiga will play Norman Bates' mother, and Norman Bates will be played by Freddie Highmore. The show is set to premier in early 2013. Bates Motel focuses on Norman Bates and Norma Bates, and their lives when they purchase a new motel in White Pine Bay, Oregon. It will show the early life of Norman Bates while living under the strict and slightly crazy roof of his mother. She constantly keeps Norman close, not wanting him to have a life outside of her and the motel.

Norman Bates and his mother end up in White Pine Bay, Oregon after his father is found dead in a room in their house. They had moved many previous times before settling in White Pine Bay, Oregon. Norma Bates decided to purchase this motel on a foreclosure, so her and Norman could start over in a new town, and build a new life for her and her son. Although Norman becomes quite popular early on in the town, his mother takes a strong disliking to it, and tries to space Norman away from the other kids his age as much as she can. Norma Bates also seems to have a strong dislike of any other women coming into Normans' life. She constantly abuses her son into shunning any other female presence in his life.

During the initial plot lines of Bates Motel, Norma Bates is attacked in her home by the man who used to own her newly bought property before the bank foreclosed. Norman had snuck out of the house that night, leaving Norma alone. He gets back in time and stops the assault, only to see his mother kill her assailant. After a brief moment of chaos and disbelief, she convinces Norman to help her get rid of the body. A very deep moment is shared, where Norman and Norma both agree that they are each others whole world, and its them against everyone.

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Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
2 Seasons, 21 Episodes - Returning Series
Drama, Horror & Suspense, Mystery
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Bates Motel Full Episode Guide

  • Norman is haunted by his past. Norma tries to save Norman from his actions. Romero and Dylan find a way to bring closure to the drug war. Emma decides her future at Bates Motel.

  • Norma is determined to connect with Norman. Dylan weighs out the benefits of saving a loved one. Romero enlists the help of a former colleague to determine if Norman is guilty of a crime.

  • Romero searches for answers to Miss Watson's murder, while the war between the drug families presents Dylan with an impossible choice. Norman keeps Norma at a distance when she refuses to tell him the truth about his blackouts.

  • Zane wants revenge and threatens Dylan. Romero takes a look at some new evidence in the murder case of Miss Watson.

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What's New Tonight: Monday, May 20th.
Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 9: 'Underwater' Recap

Norma is confused by Abernathy's demands. Dylan and Bradley connect. Miss Watson encourages Norman to use his imagination.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 8: 'A Boy and His Dog' Recap

Norma has a mysterious encounter with a stranger; Bradley becomes annoyed with rumors at school; and Dylan goes on a road trip. Meanwhile, Norman takes up a new hobby.

What's New Tonight: Monday, May 6th.
Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 7: 'The Man in Number 9' Recap

The first guest arrives at the Bates Motel; Norman struggles with the "popular" girls.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Truth'

Dylan suggests that Norman move in with him. Norma offers Emma some very good advice.

Bates Motel: Season 1, Episode 5; 'Ocean View'

Norman is anxious for Norma's return. Meanwhile, Emma and Norman make a huge discovery in their investigation.

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 29th.
The 'Bates Motel' Shocker... What Will The Future Hold?

Executive producer Carlton Cuse opens up about the Norman Bates secret, and what it will hold for the characters in episodes to come... Spoilers for those who haven't caught it!

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 22nd.
'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 4: 'Trust Me' Recap

Norma continues to be suspicious of the townspeople, but she continues to get distracted.

What's New Tonight: Monday, April 15th.
'Bates Motel' Gets A Second Season Order

Only three episodes have aired, but A&E has had enough success with the series to order 10 more episodes!

'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 3: 'What's Wrong With Norman?' Recap

Dylan starts his new job; Norman and Emma make an unexpected discovery.

'Bates Motel' Season 1, Episode 2: 'Nice Town You Picked, Norma...' Recap

Dylan causes problems at home for Norman and his mother. Meanwhile, Norman makes a new friend and her dad happens to be a taxidermist.

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