The BEST Episodes of Bates Motel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2019

Network: A&E

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.

The Truth

#1 - The Truth

Season 1 - Episode 6

Dylan asks Norman to move in with him; Norma warns Emma that some things are best kept to themselves.

star 8.33
1,468 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
The Cord

#2 - The Cord

Season 5 - Episode 10

Norman Bates comes home.

star 8.26
2,057 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Carlton Cuse

#3 - Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 10

Romero decides to take action; Norman brings Emma to the dance; Norman gets a ride home from Miss Watson.

star 8.19
1,403 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
The Immutable Truth

#4 - The Immutable Truth

Season 2 - Episode 10

A tragic event from the past haunts Norman; Norma tries to prevent Norman from making a terrible mistake; Romero and Dylan find a way to end the drug war; Emma makes a decision about her future.

star 8.19
1,243 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Carlton Cuse

#5 - Marion

Season 5 - Episode 6

A special guest checks into the motel; Dylan grapples with devastating news; Sam and Madeleine's marriage reaches a crossroads.

star 8.18
2,278 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#6 - Inseparable

Season 5 - Episode 7

Norman and Mother are brought together as trouble looms large; Romero convalesces with the aid of an old friend; Dylan returns home.

star 8.16
2,242 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Freddie Highmore
The Convergence of the Twain

#7 - The Convergence of the Twain

Season 5 - Episode 2

Norman's date doesn't go as planned; Romero's frustrations reach a boiling point; Chick brings Norman a gift.

star 8.07
2,489 votes
Directors: Sarah Boyd
Writers: Alyson Evans, Steve Kornacki
Visiting Hours

#8 - Visiting Hours

Season 5 - Episode 9

Norman's legal problems worsen; Emma takes care of family business as Dylan finds himself caught between his past and his future; Romero begins his plan for revenge.

star 8.06
2,125 votes
Writers: Scott Kosar

#9 - Forever

Season 4 - Episode 9

Norma and Norman attempt to reconnect as they plan for the future; Dylan and Romero decide to take action for Norman's own good!

star 8.05
2,140 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Carlton Cuse
The Body

#10 - The Body

Season 5 - Episode 8

Mother uses tough love to protect Norman; Sheriff Greene opens a murder investigation; Dylan gets help for his brother.

star 8.05
2,132 votes
Writers: Erica Lipez

#11 - Norman

Season 4 - Episode 10

Norman plans a special event for his mother; Romero faces pressure due to his actions; and Dylan considers reaching out to Norman.

star 8.05
2,054 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Trust Me

#12 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 4

Norma deals with distractions as her suspicions grow about certain town residents.

star 8.03
1,466 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
The Box

#13 - The Box

Season 2 - Episode 9

Norma is desperate to connect with Norman; Dylan must decide if he should risk his life to save a loved one; Romero hopes a former colleague can help him determine Norman's involvement in a crime.

star 8.03
1,213 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Ocean View

#14 - Ocean View

Season 1 - Episode 5

Norma receives some much-needed help, while Norman desperately awaits his mother's return home; Emma and Norman follow more clues, leading to a big discovery.

star 8.01
1,437 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Jeff Wadlow

#15 - Unfaithful

Season 4 - Episode 8

Norma is torn between Norman and Romero; during a holiday outing, Norman comes to the realization that everyone has changed while he was away.

star 7.98
1,977 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Freddie Highmore
What's Wrong with Norman

#16 - What's Wrong with Norman

Season 1 - Episode 3

Dylan learns there is more to his new job than he originally thought; Emma and Norman make a shocking discovery.

star 7.98
1,531 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Jeff Wadlow
Goodnight, Mother

#17 - Goodnight, Mother

Season 4 - Episode 2

Norma and Norman each suspect the other in a terrible deed; Dylan contemplates his future with Emma; Romero makes a choice that drastically impacts the Bates family.

star 7.97
1,891 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Torrey Speer
Norma Louise

#18 - Norma Louise

Season 3 - Episode 6

Norma contemplates a life outside of White Pine Bay. Emma and Dylan bond while helping Norman.

star 7.96
1,252 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
A Boy and His Dog

#19 - A Boy and His Dog

Season 1 - Episode 8

A mysterious stranger causes problems for Norma; Bradley is not happy when rumors spread at school; Dylan and Remo go on a fateful road trip; Norman takes up a grisly hobby.

star 7.95
1,358 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Bill Balas

#20 - Caleb

Season 2 - Episode 3

Norma's brother Caleb arrives at the motel; Norma finds an ally in her efforts to prevent the bypass; Emma holds a memorial for a friend; a townie girl interests Norman.

star 7.94
1,301 votes
Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
The Vault

#21 - The Vault

Season 4 - Episode 6

Norman uncovers painful truths as his therapy progresses; Norma works to prevent a secret from being revealed; Romero assists an old friend despite the risk to his career.

star 7.91
1,955 votes
Writers: Scott Kosar
Dark Paradise

#22 - Dark Paradise

Season 5 - Episode 1

Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery; Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.

star 7.90
2,541 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Presumed Innocent

#23 - Presumed Innocent

Season 2 - Episode 7

Norma's faith in Norman is questioned; Dylan is threatened by a revengeful Zane; Romero receives new evidence in the murder of Miss Watson; Cody and Norman's friendship reaches the breaking point.

star 7.90
1,225 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
The Last Supper

#24 - The Last Supper

Season 3 - Episode 7

Norman agrees to get help. Dylan learns disturbing news about Emma's health.

star 7.90
1,248 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Philip Buiser

#25 - Unconscious

Season 3 - Episode 10

Season Finale- Norman's issues push Norma to the breaking point. Emma has an unexpected reaction to good news.

star 7.90
1,247 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin