Bates Motel
Character: Norma Bates
Created by: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano
Directed by: Tucker Gates, Ed Bianchi & more
Written by: Robert Bloch, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, Anthony Cipriano & more
Produced by: Cory Bird, Justis Greene, Jamie Vega Wheeler, Erica Lipez, Tim Southam
Other cast: Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz, Nestor Carbonell, Kenny Johnson
Premiere date: March 18, 2013
Episodes: Appeared in all episodes
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Running time: 45 min

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.

Taglines

→ A boy’s best friend is his mother. (Season 1)
→ Blood is thicker. (Season 2)
→ Psycho. (Season 3)
→ She wouldn’t even harm a fly. (Season 4)
→ Together until the end. (Season 5)

Trivia

♦ Vera Farmiga suggested Freddie Highmore for the role of Norman.
♦ Even though the series is set in modern day, Vera Farmiga’s look, including her hairstyle and costumes, subtly reflect the style of 1959, from when the movie Psycho (1960) was filmed. Most of the other characters are wearing clothes of the present day.