Bates Motel

Series Summary
After the death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel in the picturesque coastal town of White Pine Bay, giving herself and teenage son Norman a chance to begin anew. Shy Norman is reluctant at first, but with the help of his mother -- with whom he shares an intensely close relationship -- the boy begins to open up to others and make new friends. Some locals, however, aren't as friendly and welcoming to the Bates, who discover that because White Pine Bay isn't as peaceful as it appears, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The drama series, from executive producers Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") and inspired by the seminal 1960 horror film "Psycho," explores the formative years of Norman Bates and how his complicated bond with his mother forged a serial killer.

Air Dates: 2013 - Present

Genres: Drama, Suspense, Horror

Network: AETV

  • Season 4, Ep. 10 : NormanMay 16, 2016

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    Norma and Norman's relationship is tested; Romero faces pressure from all directions; Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

  • Season 4, Ep. 9 : ForeverMay 9, 2016

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    Norma and Norman attempt to reconnect as they plan for the future; Dylan and Romero decide to take action for Norman's own good.

  • Season 4, Ep. 8 : UnfaithfulMay 2, 2016

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    Norma is torn between Norman and Romero; during a holiday outing, Norman comes to the realization that everyone has changed during his time away.

  • Season 4, Ep. 7 : There's No Place Like HomeApr 25, 2016

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    Norman returns home after making an unanticipated discovery; Norma takes on new projects; Dylan's search for Emma's mother leads to disturbing results.

  • Season 4, Ep. 6 : The VaultApr 18, 2016

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    Norman uncovers painful truths as his therapy progresses; Norma works to prevent a secret from being revealed; Romero assists an old friend despite the risk to his career.

ratings & reviews

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  • The direction and writing are subtle but intriguing, like Highmore's innocent grin. Show More

  • Many of Norma's freak-outs have a black streak of over-the-top humor, and it's in those moments that Farmiga and the show shine. The dramatic material, especially that involving the young cast, still feels slight and unengaging to me. Show More

  • With an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling that drags the focus away from the one relationship worth watching. Indeed, much of the credit for the show's kooky appeal falls solely to Farmiga. Show More

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