Bates Motel: Season 4 (2016)

Season 4
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Bates Motel fulfills its menacing potential in a fourth season that confidently careens toward the mother-son duo's ghastly destiny.



Critic Ratings: 17


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Air date: Mar 7, 2016

In the fourth season premiere, Norma searches for Norman; Dylan awaits news on Emma; and Romero gets a surprising proposition.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2016

Norma and Norman face off as they suspect each other of horrible actions; Dylan thinks about his future with Emma; and Romero makes a choice that will have a big impact on the Bates family.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2016

Norma and Romero take a big step; Norman struggles to accept his new circumstances; and Dylan tries to rid himself of old business.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2016

Norman goes on an adventure with a new friend; Norma gets a taste of happiness at a festival in White Pine Bay while Romero faces a potentially awkward situation; and Dylan is caught between two families.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2016

Norman tries to confide in Dr. Edwards, but worries he may reveal too much. Also: Norma hires a craftsman to fix a window and Romero uncovers a crime that threatens his new life.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2016

Norman digs into his past and confronts some painful truths; Norma tries to hide a secret of her own; and Romero puts his career at risk to help an old friend.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2016

A chance discovery spurs Norman to return home; Norma dives into new projects with Romero's help; and Dylan searches for Emma's mother, but has troubling results.

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Air date: May 2, 2016

Norma is torn between Romero and Norman while Norman realizes how much everyone has changed in his absence.

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Air date: May 9, 2016

Norman and Norma try to reconnect as they plan for the future; frustrated by Norma's blind eye, Romeo and Dylan decide to take action for Norman's own good. -- (C) A&E

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Air date: May 16, 2016

The relationship between Norman and Norma faces its toughest test; Romero faces pressure due to his actions; and Dylan considers reaching out to Norman. The Season 4 finale.

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Series four sees Norma desperately searching for Norman, while Dylan awaits news on Emma and the fallout from series three strikes.

Cast & Crew

Nestor Carbonell
Sheriff Alex Romero
Freddie Highmore
Norman Bates
Olivia Cooke
Emma Decody
Nicola Peltz
Bradley Martin
Max Thieriot
Dylan Massett
Vera Farmiga
Norma Bates
Kerry Ehrin
Executive Producer
Carlton Cuse
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Bates Motel Season 4

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Throughout season four, Bates Motel has seemed to be barreling toward the moment when Norma goes from a living, vital presence to the mummified corpse in the cellar we see in Psycho.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

One thing I particularly loved about the storytelling of this season is that for four years, we've seen Dylan and Norma's relationship grow and change from people who didn't want to be around each other to people who found their way back to each other.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Over the years I've said enough skeptical things about Bates Motel, so it's only fair when appropriate to pause and admire its achievements and this season was full of them. Well played, Bates Motel. Well played.

Nov 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The final three episodes of this season contain the best acting and writing in the four-season run of Bates Motel. I really hope the show can carry its momentum into the final season.

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The characters are complex in their struggles and their origins, yet so simple in their desire for a better life.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

[A] fantastic fourth season, by far the show's best. This season has given us complex relationships, deaths and huge moments that have been hinted at since the beginning of the series.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Aside from the beautiful cinematography and incredible acting, the character and plot development has been captivating to experience. This show has really proven to be one of the greatest prequels to an already great story, not an easy task to accomplish

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Freddie Highmore has been giving a masterclass in acting this season but his work in the final act is truly on another level.

Nov 4, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Some characters are compelling and a few subplots are a little unorthodox. But it's the complicated relationship between Norman Bates (Highmore) and his mother, Norma Bates (Farmiga), that's at the fascinating center of the story.

Feb 6, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm absolutely sure it will continue to be one of the most compelling dramas on TV.

Mar 11, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This was a great premiere that bodes well for the season ahead. My favorite thing about it was that they showed that they're clearly no longer playing around with things now- its full steam ahead at this point.

Mar 9, 2016 | Full Review…

"A Danger to Himself and Others" gave us Norman as a full-fledged psycho. All while hammering home just how badly Norma's been taking care of him. Or not taking care of him, as it were.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bates Motel: Season 4

  • Feb 07, 2021
    Bates Motel has finally hit its potential and is now operating on another level. The Norma-Norman aspect has always been amazing but now we get to focus on it without the other side directions
  • Dec 01, 2020
    Best show ever. Period!
  • May 30, 2020
    suiciding yourself and your mom is also not good. 9.75/10.
  • May 11, 2020
    Awesome TV show! One of the bests!
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Vera Farmiga is so Talented Best Show Ever
  • Jul 07, 2019
    in and out of a mental asylum Norman becomes increasing more intense Emma and Dylan are great here
  • Jul 25, 2018
    its like 400 minutes of psycho with depths of each characters to abosrb you such that you forget you are seeing one of the creepiest darkest tv show, it feels very real.
  • Jun 12, 2018
    I have to say this is the biggest surprise of a tv show that I have had. Far better acted, written, and was far more interesting then I ever would have given it credit. When I originally saw teasers and trailers for the show I assumed that it was going to be A&E's copy of a teenage CW show with teen angst and drama. I had absolutely no interest after catching the first episode because it dealt with Norman at a new high school. I was entirely wrong about the show. I had assumed it was only a teenager show mostly because the actor looks like, and it is a young Norman Bates, and they focused on his mom a lot in the beginning, but for some reason I assumed she wouldn't be a lasting character. I mean how do you make Norma Bates, AKA "MOTHER!" a regular character. Not only is she a regular (and she is there on screen until the last episode), she is on the same level as Norman and they are both great characters, acted by very good actors. There is of course a lot of drama, violence, death and insanity, but that is expected from a reboot prequel of the original movie "Psycho". It hit all the notes for me, including the surrounding characters, unexpected reveals and even though several key facts about Norman are changed it is definitely Norma Bates. The only thing I hesitate on, and this isn't a poor reflection it is still great, I would have handled the last 3 or 4 episodes differently. SPOILER ALERT: I would have not had the final 3 or four episodes end the way they did, wrapping up the storyline 100%, instead I would have changed a couple of things that would allow it to end, right about where the movie started. That however isn't a bad thing, just a style thing. Pros: Excellent acting, writing, and kept my interest over the five seasons, even if I cringed sometimes. Cons: I stylistically would have wrapped it up at a different point, but that is purely a dramatic choice. I am really glad I did start watching it, and I encourage others to give it a try.
  • May 22, 2017
    The farther this season gets, the harder it is to watch, just too much with the continued over dramatics of Norma and norma.... it's completely overplayed
  • May 14, 2017
    Awesome!!!! It's just perfect! Seriously, Bates Motel is the best TV Series ever made

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