Bates Motel: Season 3 (2015)
Critics Consensus: Bates Motel further blurs lines around TV's creepiest taboo mother/son relationship, uncomfortably darkening its already fascinating tone.
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Season InfoThe teenage years of Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho."
as Norman Bates
as Norma Louise Bates
as Bradley Martin
as Emma Decody
as Sheriff Alex Romero
as Miss Watson
as Richard Slymore
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Tthe more the show can bring Kenny Johnson into the same scenes as Farmiga and Highmore, the more crazily intense Bates Motel will be, and that's a good thing.
The Norman we saw here was an unsettling mixed of creepy and clingy. And very different from the boy we first met a few years ago in the series premiere. And it actually makes for some really cool TV.
In what is definitely the strangest "will they/won't they" relationship on TV right now, Norman and Norma continue to be equal parts disturbing and fascinating as a duo.
Bates Motel is a slow-moving show... But it tells emotional stories so well that it's easy to not care when the overarching plot is mostly standing still.
Bates Motel has always been a compelling series, but I'm looking forward to watching Norma and Norman do an intricate dance for relationship domination.
It seems likely that we may not get as much high-camp humor as in seasons past, but if the dark tone set by this episode is any indication, there may be plenty of gallows humor to fill the void.
Let me be clear: this is a good thing, that Bates Motel actually has it's own good little mood going on.
When a suspense drama can deliver nervous or even audible giggles along with the shivers, the potential for a ghoulish good time being had by all is almost guaranteed. And so it goes with the third deliciously deranged season of A&E's Bates Motel,
The series is set to double down on the madcap delights that made it one of last year's most improved series.
As it starts Season 3 on Monday night, it has evolved into a deftly acted story of small-town dysfunction, creepy when it needs to be yet far more wide ranging than the movie that inspired it.
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