Original Release: March 18 – May 20, 2013
Season 1 follows Norma and Norman Bates as they buy a motel after Norman’s father dies. On one of the first nights of the two owning the motel, the former owner breaks in and sexually assaults Norma. Norman knocks the attacker out, and Norma stabs him to death. She decides it’s best not to call the police and to cover up the murder. She and Norman dispose of the body. He complicates the cover-up by keeping a belt that belonged to the victim. When the town sheriff and his deputy notice that a man has gone missing, Norma and Norman must keep them from digging too far.
Original Release: March 3 – May 5, 2014
Season 2 follows the aftermath of Norman’s teacher’s murder, as her mysterious past comes to light. Meanwhile, Norma finds herself making dangerous decisions in order to keep the motel running and preventing the impending bypass. Bradley’s search for her father’s killer leads to the extremes, and Dylan learns the disturbing truth about his parentage.
Original Release: March 9 – May 11, 2015
Season 3 focuses on Norman’s waning deniability about what’s happening to him, and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche. The dramatic events of last season leave Norma more aware of her son’s mental fragility and fearful of what he is capable of. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero begins to distance himself from the Bates family after he suspects Norma is lying to him about her husband’s death.
Original Release: March 7 – May 16, 2016
Season 4 follows Norma as she becomes increasingly fearful of Norman, going to great lengths to find him the professional help he needs. This complicates their once unbreakable trust as Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Meanwhile, Sheriff Romero once again finds himself drawn into Norma and Norman’s lives.
Original Release: February 20 – April 24, 2017
Season 5 begins two years after the death of Norma. Publicly happy and well-adjusted, Norman struggles at home, where his blackouts are increasing and “Mother” threatens to take him over completely. Meanwhile, Dylan and Emma find themselves drawn back into Norman’s world, and Romero hungers for revenge against his stepson.