Type
Scripted
Premiered
Mar. 18, 2013
Status
Completed/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
A&E TV Network

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Bates Motel

After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and her son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother he begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren't as friendly and welcoming to the Bates.

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romeo53
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Bates Motel

It’s you and me. It’s always been you and me. We belong to each other.
That’s not the typical dialogue that a teen boy would say to his mother but, thankfully, Bates Motel, is no typical series - and Norman and Norma Bates do not comprise your typical family.
While you might easily label the ambitious A&E series - created by Lost alum Carlton Cuse and Parenthood writer Kerry Ehrin - a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film, Psycho, the producers have said to look at this as ‘inspired by’ rather than an ‘homage’ to the famous film and that’s evident from the first intriguing episode, "First You Dream, Then You Die."


For one, the series is contemporary, even though we are meeting Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), as a high school teen. And his mother, Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga), may be a tad overbearing in her protectiveness of her son, but she’s also a mother that’s just trying to do her best in extraordinary circumstances and setting.
After being widowed early in the pilot, Norma and Norman hit the road and end up buying a motel (yes, that motel) in the kind of small town where you can’t help but think of Twin Peaks. In this case, it’s a wise move to make the town a character in itself and it proves that the Bates are not the only oddballs on this series.
No question that the anchor of the series is the close (too close?) relationship between Norma and Norman, who quickly prove to be a good team when things go awry, as they frequently do. And while we may know where Norman ends up from the infamous film, it’s obvious that part of the journey of the show will be whether he can (or really wants to) build an identity separate from his mother, who may also never fully allow it.
But when he sits on the floor of his bedroom asking nobody “What’s wrong with me?” it’s the same question you’ll be asking... and sticking around to find out.
Similar to Lost, the line between good and not-so-good is blurry; and that includes the varied levels of creepiness that we see in both the occasional homicide or when Norman tries unsuccessfully to look away as his mother frequently changes clothes in front of him. And keep an eye out for the tension that arises when estranged son Dylan (Max Thieriot) shows up asking questions about what really happened in the death of he and Norman’s father.
The good news is that Highmore and Farmiga are game for everything and sell every false smile, blank stare and horrific scream that comes their way. Highmore, especially, while not doing an Anthony Perkins impersonation, embodies a similar sense of innocence with intense fierceness just a breath away. And with Cuse and Ehrin at the creative helm, the storytelling is solid and just intriguing enough to keep you wanting more.
More good news is that with Cuse and Ehrin involved, the show seems to effortlessly bring us characters that we care about and maybe fall in love. Bates Motel has a lot of places to go and you’d be wise to check in and see where it goes.
One final note is that you don’t have to be an expert or fan of Hitchcock’s masterful film to enjoy the series. But fans of Psycho will get the added enjoyment of references big (the hotel itself) and small (taxidermy references) along the way.

7 years ago
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romeo53
guru

watched first episode not to bad enjoyed it

7 years ago
ruizpipo
pro

I think it was pretty good too. I'm still not sure whether knowing what Norman becomes as an adult (in Psycho) is an advantage or disadvantage to the show's plot development.

7 years ago
romeo53
guru

so far so good enjoying this one

7 years ago
tvaddictlover1964
regular

I am really enjoying this tv series. It is getting good.

7 years ago

@romeo, I agree with you on this one. So Far So Good.

7 years ago
romeo53
guru

yeah it's been good so far

7 years ago

Do not forget that their is a show tonight.

7 years ago
donny24
expert

The awaited second season is tomorrow Monday March 3. I have watched the trailer and it is going to be "a ride in an uncontrollable Ferris Wheel". Farmiga and Highmore will do a greater job as the Norma/Norman duo. Also, it's important to view the show and the subject matter with an open mind in order to enjoy the show.

6 years ago
iwatchtv
Moderator

The Bates Motel is a good show. Very different, it might not be to everyone's liking but I can't wait for season 2 to start. Its been awhile since I saw the show so I need to watch the season 1 Finale to remember exactly where it left off.

Whether knowing what Norman becomes as an adult (in Psycho) is an advantage or disadvantage to the show's plot development should not matter if the writers do a good job. Remember Smallville lasted 10 Seasons and we knew in the beginning of that show what Clark Kent/ Superman's life would end up like as an adult.

6 years ago
cindi0710
newbie

Cannot wait to see Vera, Freddy, Max & the rest of the cast tonight! Looking forward to another exciting, scene twisting season!

6 years ago
harp37
guru

This season is setting up a lot of conflict. Like where it is heading.

6 years ago
pittgar__
newbie

Bring back nicola

6 years ago
pittgar__
newbie

Vera and Olivia are hotties

6 years ago

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