Bates Motel


Bates Motel is an American dramathriller television series developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano.

It is produced by Universal Television for the cable network A&E.

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The series, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 film Psycho

(based on Robert Bloch‘s novel of the same name),

depicts the lives of Norman Bates

and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the film,

albeit in a different fictional town

(White Pine Bay, Oregon, as opposed to the film’s Fairvale, California) and in a modern setting.

The series begins in Arizona with the death of Norma’s husband, killed by Norman during one of his blackouts,

after which Norma purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

Subsequent seasons follow Norman as his mental illness becomes dangerous,

and Norma as she struggles to protect her son from himself.

Bates Motel‘s storylines differ from the film prequel Psycho IV: The Beginning.

The series is filmed outside of Vancouver in Aldergrove, British Columbia,

along with other locations within the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.