A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’ Season 1 Review

Recently I kept seeing the trailor for A&E’s Bates Motel Season 2:

My first thought was ‘Oh I like that song!’ and then my second thought was ‘How are they going to pull this show off?’ Since I am a Netflix junkie I decided to find out for myself, so I looked up ‘Bates Motel’ Season 1 on Netflix. It only took me 1 1/2 days to watch the 10 episodes of the first season. 

I LOVED every episode and the producers put together an awesome cast. Each cast member did an amazing job portraying their character. Freddie Highmore plays Norman Bates and did a superb job with showing the different personalities that Norman has throughout his life; from his calm demeanor to the moments he snaps.Vera Farmiga plays Norma Bates and did a fascinating job at being the somewhat strong, but at times, troubled widow and at being the overbearing and over controlling mother to Norman. Then you have the quiet and respected Sheriff Zach Shelby who is played by Mike Vogel. Sheriff Shelby is portrayed as Norma’s protector and someone she can trust; or can she. 

Bates Motel is a series that takes you back to the life of young Norman Bates, set in today’s era. The first episode shows the death of Norman’s father and how Norman and his mother came to purchase The Bates Motel. It is set in a small town called White Pine Bay, where everyone knows each other, talks about each other and the police are questionable. Norma’s most important concern in her life is her son Norman; some would say their relationship is a bit sickening. It also seems as if Norman has an obsession over his mother as well; a type of obsession that prevents him from socializing properly with his peers. He is always worried about ‘What Mother will think.’. 

Each episode keeps you waiting and wanting more. There is excitement and quite a bit of suspense. As I sat and watched each episode I kept asking myself if Norman was obsessed with his mother or if it was the other way around. I kept trying to figure out if Norman was just going through those odd teenage years or if he was actually a sick and twisted kid. As the season ends, you will be able to find these questions out. 

My review of the ‘Bates Motel’ Season 1 is a thumbs up. Like I stated, I enjoyed every episode and it had me on the edge of my seat. Season 1 is currently on Netflix and Season 2 is on A&E and can even be watched online at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel

Let me know if you’ve watched and what you think.

Written by: Aimee Fauci


  1. I saw the first episode and then never got the chance to look again. I plan to catch up though

  2. This is a great show! I cant wait to watch the latest episode later!!

  3. I’ve never heard of this before. I think I see a Netflix Marathon in my future!

  4. Chelsea Olivia says:

    I’ve never heard of this show! I think I need to sign up for Netflix and get on all these great TV shows they have on there.

  5. I just started watching this and I agree – great cast!

  6. Tatanisha Worthey says:

    Nope, I’ve never watched Bates Motel series, but I keep hearing about it. And now after reading and watching the trailer, I will add it to my netflix list. Thanks

  7. I just recently started watching this. I’m already hooked, I love creepy stuff.

  8. Just the previews for Season 2 of this show gives me the heebie jeebies. I don’t know if I could actually watch this show, I might go back and give the pilot a shot…

  9. Maddi'sMommy says:

    I tried watching this. I’m going to try again. It’s just such a creepy show but everyone loves it!

  10. I’ve seen this on tv and considered watching it but hadn’t yet. Now I’ll make sure to check it out. Thanks for your review.

  11. Oh my gosh, this is my show!! I can’t stop watching!! I can’t wait ’til Monday!! 🙂

  12. Debra Rutt says:

    I haven’t watched this series – but I have caught bits and pieces when flipping the channels. It’s a little too dark for me!

  13. BrettBMartin says:

    Haven’t seen it. I’m a big giant chicken though. I do much better with romance, comedy or drama. Sigh.

  14. I watched this last year and while I thought it started off really slow, I ended up loving it! It was interesting to see the whole Psycho thing from a teenager’s perspective!

  15. I’ve never see it old or new, but my husband has talked about the old one. I’ll have to tell him there’s a new one!

  16. Mommy 2 J.A.M. says:

    I haven’t watched this show however I will have to check it out. Everyone seems to be raving about it.

  17. We love this show! So great that it’s on Netflix, I’d love to rewatch. The second season just started!

  18. I’ll have to check this out on Netflix. I think my husband will love it!

  19. Shop with Me Mama says:

    I have only seen a bit of this show and I really liked what I did see. I will have to check it out more now!

  20. I’ll have to check this out! I’m always looking for a good, new show to watch! Thanks for the recommendation!

  21. I saw some previews for this show and it looks pretty scary. The kid who plays Norman Bates looks super creepy!

  22. Krystal Butherus says:

    I just saw this pop up on Netflix. It looks creepy but I want to watch!

  23. This is good to know. I was wondering if the show was any good. I saw commercials, but never watched it, so now I think I will!

  24. Have you seen Misfits on hulu?

  25. I’ve never heard of this show before… I need to check it out. We have so many shows we watch already while I keep adding shows to the list that we must check out. What would I do without DVR?

  26. I was about to watch this on Netflix this week, but couldn’t start another binge until my classes were over. I watched a bit of the first episode when it aired, but could never remeber the show’s network or time. I need to catch up on this.

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