The BEST Episodes of Bates Motel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 6, 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 Cord

#1 - The Cord

Season 5 - Episode 10

Norman Bates comes home.

star 8.25
2,124 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
The Truth

#2 - 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 8.20
2,130 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#3 - 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 8.19
2,346 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#4 - 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 8.18
2,336 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Freddie Highmore
The Immutable Truth

#5 - 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 8.12
1,602 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
The Convergence of the Twain

#6 - 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 8.09
2,607 votes
Directors: Sarah Boyd
Writers: Alyson Evans, Steve Kornacki

#7 - 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 8.07
2,258 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#8 - 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 8.07
2,013 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#9 - 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 8.07
2,169 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
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 8.06
2,226 votes
Writers: Erica Lipez
Trust Me

#11 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 8.01
2,128 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Visiting Hours

#12 - 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 8.00
2,219 votes
Writers: Scott Kosar
What's Wrong with Norman

#13 - 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
2,247 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Jeff Wadlow

#14 - 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 7.97
2,095 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Freddie Highmore
Goodnight, Mother

#15 - 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
2,009 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Torrey Speer
Dark Paradise

#16 - Dark Paradise

Season 5 - Episode 1

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

star 7.95
2,658 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
The Box

#17 - 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 7.95
1,571 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
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 7.95
1,532 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Kerry Ehrin
Ocean View

#19 - 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 7.94
2,019 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Jeff Wadlow

#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 7.93
1,688 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 7.92
2,073 votes
Writers: Scott Kosar
Dreams Die First

#22 - Dreams Die First

Season 5 - Episode 5

Norman tries to piece together Mother's movements; in Seattle, Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth; Sam's girlfriend, Marion, makes an impulsive decision with far-reaching consequences.

star 7.87
2,388 votes
Writers: Erica Lipez, Kerry Ehrin

#23 - Hidden

Season 5 - Episode 4

Norman learns who he can rely on as he attempts to protect his secrets; Romero struggles to find safety.

star 7.87
2,394 votes
Directors: Max Thieriot
Writers: Torrey Speer

#24 - 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 7.87
1,443 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

#25 - Underwater

Season 1 - Episode 9

Abernathy increases the pressure; Bradley and Dylan connect; Miss Watson encourages Norman's active imagination; Emma takes a trip.

star 7.86
1,869 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin