Bates Motel (season 1)

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Bates Motel (season 1)
Bates Motel Season 1 DVD.jpg
Region 1 DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Original channel A&E
Original run March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) – May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)[1]
Region 2 February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)[2]
Region 4 November 27, 2014 (2014-11-27)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)[1]
Region B February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)[2]
Season chronology
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Season 2
List of Bates Motel episodes

The first season of Bates Motel premiered on March 18, 2013, and concluded on May 20, 2013. The season consisted of 10 episodes and aired on Monday nights at 10pm ET/PT on A&E. The series is described as a "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho and follows the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the Hitchcock film.[4] The series takes place in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon.


The first season of Bates Motel follows Norman and Norma Bates when they buy a motel shortly after Norman's father dies. In one of the first nights of the two owning the motel, things end badly when the former owner breaks in and rapes Norma. A returning Norman knocks the attacker out and Norma then kills him, and they decide to hide the body in a lake. When the town sheriff and his deputy notice that a man has gone missing, Norma and Norman must keep them from digging too far.



On July 2, 2012, A&E gave Bates Motel a straight-to-series order.[5] Vera Farmiga was the first to be cast, as protagonist Norma Bates, on August 27, 2012.[6] Shortly after, Freddie Highmore was cast as Norman Bates on September 14, 2012.[7] Also on that day, Max Thieriot was cast as Norman's half brother, Dylan Massett.[8] Later, on September 19, 2012, Nicola Peltz was cast as Bradley Martin.[9] Finally, on September 20, 2012, Olivia Cooke was the final main cast member to join the series, portraying Emma Decody.[10]


A replica of the original Bates Motel set from the film Psycho was built on location in Aldergrove, British Columbia on 272nd Street, where the series is filmed.[11][12] Production also took place in Greater Vancouver, and Richmond, British Columbia.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]

  • W. Earl Brown as Keith Summers
  • Jillian Fargey as Maggie Summers


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1 1 "First You Dream, Then You Die" Tucker Gates Story by: Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano
Teleplay by: Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano
March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18) BATE0101 3.04[13]
Widow Norma Bates and her 17-year-old son, Norman, move from Arizona to White Pine Bay, Oregon, where they buy a rundown motel after Norman's father's sudden death. Norma intends to reopen the motel in an attempt to build a new life for Norman and herself. Norman befriends popular local girl, Bradley Martin. The former owner of the motel, Keith Summers, breaks into the house and rapes Norma. Norman arrives and knocks him out; Norma then murders him. The duo dump the body in the bay harbor. Norman finds a sketchbook full of drawings that show women being tortured. Similarly, a woman is seen drugged and chained somewhere unknown.
2 2 "Nice Town You Picked, Norma..." Tucker Gates Kerry Ehrin March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) BATE0102 2.84[14]
Tension arises when Dylan Massett, Norma's son from a previous relationship, arrives. Norman and Bradley witness Bradley's father get badly burned in a car accident. Norman and his classmate, Emma Decody, look into the mystery of the sketchbook. Deputy Shelby suggests to Norma that the town's wealth was earned through illegal means. Norma sees a body hanging and on fire in the middle of town, witnessed by townspeople, showing "justice" is often resolved extrajudicially. Emma and Norman stumble upon a massive marijuana field.
3 3 "What's Wrong With Norman" Paul Edwards Jeff Wadlow April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01) BATE0103 2.82[15]
Dylan states he has a new job, not mentioning it is guarding the marijuana field. Norman tells Norma that he kept Summers' utility belt, which is now missing. Dylan and Norman bond; Deputy Shelby reveals that he took Summers' belt without the sheriff's knowledge because he wants to protect Norma, and they make out. Norman discovers one of the women from the sketchbook locked in Shelby's basement.
4 4 "Trust Me" Johan Renck Kerry Ehrin April 8, 2013 (2013-04-08) BATE0104 2.30[16]
Shelby comes home, and Dylan distracts him to give Norman time to escape. Norma tells Norman he imagines things that don't happen. Bradley and Norman end up sleeping together and when Norma finds out, she becomes upset. Dylan confronts her, stating he knows what she has done, which gives him the right to take Norman to stay with him. The police then arrest Norma for the murder of Keith Summers.
5 5 "Ocean View" David Straiton Jeff Wadlow April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15) BATE0105 2.66[17]
Norman bails his mother from jail; Dylan proposes that Norman should live with him instead. Shelby gets rid of the evidence incriminating Norma, claiming he loves her. Dylan borrows $5,000 from Ethan, the partner from his new job. A drug addict shoots Ethan, and Dylan rushes him to the hospital. He later runs the drug addict over with his car. Emma and Norman find the girl from Shelby's basement, Jiao, in Summers' abandoned boat, whom they show to Norma. Jiao identifies Shelby as the man who had been assaulting her, shocking Norma.
6 6 "The Truth" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) BATE0106 2.93[18]
Dylan and Norman find Summers' belt and throw it into the harbor. Shelby finds Jiao at the Bates Motel and Jiao flees. Shelby holds the Bates family at gunpoint and assaults Norma, causing Norman to angrily attack him. Dylan kills Shelby to save the family. Norma reveals the truth about Norman's father's death to Dylan: Norman killed him in a fit of rage after seeing his father beating Norma and has absolutely no recollection of it, believing his father's death was an accident. She tells Dylan that Norman needs to be protected.
7 7 "The Man in Number 9" SJ Clarkson Kerry Ehrin April 29, 2013 (2013-04-29) BATE0107 2.99[19]
Sheriff Romero arrives at the scene but makes up a story that he caught and killed Deputy Shelby in a gun fight. Dylan meets Jake Abernathy, who checks into the motel, as he had Room 9 reserved for a week every two months before Summers sold the motel. Norma hires Emma to work at the motel. Norman grows close to a stray dog, whom he names Juno. Norman heads to Bradley's house to declare his love for her, only for Bradley to tell Norman they are not meant for each other. Norman witnesses Juno being hit and killed by a car, and is devastated.
8 8 "A Boy and His Dog" Ed Bianchi Bill Balas May 6, 2013 (2013-05-06) BATE0108 2.71[20]
Emma's father, Will, teaches Norman taxidermy after Norman takes his dead dog to him. Upon the school principal's request, Norma has Norman meet with a psychologist, who suggests Norma may have control issues over her son. Jake reveals to Norma that he knows the full story about Shelby and Summers; she kicks Jake out in retaliation. Dylan brings "trimmers" to stay at the motel; Norma decides to take Dylan out to dinner to thank him for bringing new customers, but is horrified to see the autopsied corpse of Shelby on her bed.
9 9 "Underwater" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13) BATE0109 2.48[21]
After receiving a threatening note, Norma puts the motel up for sale. At her father's office with Dylan, Bradley finds love letters exchanged between her father and someone known as "B". Norma's realtor tells her the property won't go up for sale. Norma is shocked to find Jake in her car with a pistol. Jake reveals that Shelby owed him $150,000 and, thinking she has it, threatens to kill her and her sons unless she delivers the money to him the next night. Terrified, Norma agrees.
10 10 "Midnight" Tucker Gates Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) BATE0110 2.70[22]
Romero tells Norma he'll help her. Norman and Emma decide to go to the winter dance as friends. Norma reveals to Norman a secret: when she was a teenager, her brother forced her to have sex with him. At the dance, Norman repeatedly eyes Bradley, causing a heartbroken Emma to storm out and Bradley's boyfriend to punch Norman. Miss Watson offers to tend to Norman's injured eye. Norma witnesses Romero shoot and kill Jake. Miss Watson goes to her room to change, completely visible to Norman. A hallucination of Norma convinces Norman that Miss Watson is seducing him. Norman rushes home; he tells Norma that Miss Watson was going to drive him, but the next thing he remembers is running home. Miss Watson's corpse is shown with her throat slashed, wearing a "B" necklace, hinting that she might be Bradley's father's secret lover.


Critical response[edit]

The first season of Bates Motel received mostly positive reviews. It received 66 out of 100 score from Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes aggregated that 81% of 37 television critics gave the series a positive review.[23] The site's consensus stated: "Bates Motel utilizes mind manipulation and suspenseful fear tactics, on top of consistently sharp character work and wonderfully uncomfortable familial relationships."[24] On its premiere night, the series broke rating records for an original drama series on A&E. It drew in a strong 3 million viewers total, including 1.6 million viewers watching it in the 18-49 demographic.[25] For her performance as Norma Bates, Vera Farmiga was nominated for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[26] On April 8, 2013, A&E renewed the series for a second season following the positive reviews and good ratings after the first three episodes.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2013 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards[28] Best Actress in a Drama Series Vera Farmiga Nominated
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year – Actress Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Best Cinematography in a Series John S. Bartley, Thomas Yatsko Nominated
Best Production Design in a Series Peter Bodnarus, Mark S. Freeborn, Margot Ready, Rose Marie McSherry Nominated
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting "First You Dream, Then You Die" Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actor – Television Nestor Carbonell Nominated


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