Bates Motel

The BEST episodes of Bates Motel

Every episode of Bates Motel ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Bates Motel!

Following the tragic death of her husband, a widow and her teenage son settle into a new town with a dark underbelly and must do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.

Last Updated: 5/28/2022Network: A&E
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The Cord
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8.25
2243 votes

#1 - The Cord

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/24/2017

Norman Bates comes home.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Marion
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8.18
2453 votes

#2 - Marion

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/27/2017

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

Directors: Phil Abraham
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The Truth
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8.18
2247 votes

#3 - The Truth

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/22/2013

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

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Inseparable
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8.17
2445 votes

#4 - Inseparable

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/3/2017

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

Directors: Steph Green
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The Immutable Truth
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8.11
1700 votes

#5 - The Immutable Truth

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/5/2014

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.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Forever
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8.08
2361 votes

#6 - Forever

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/9/2016

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

Directors: Tim Southam
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The Convergence of the Twain
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8.07
2720 votes

#7 - The Convergence of the Twain

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/27/2017

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

Directors: Sarah Boyd
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Norman
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8.06
2264 votes

#8 - Norman

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/16/2016

Norman plans a special event for his mother; Romero faces pressure due to his actions; and Dylan considers reaching out to Norman, but wants nothing to do with Norma.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Midnight
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8.06
2119 votes

#9 - Midnight

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/20/2013

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

Directors: Tucker Gates
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The Body
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8.05
2332 votes

#10 - The Body

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/10/2017

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

Directors: Freddie Highmore
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Trust Me
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8.00
2254 votes

#11 - Trust Me

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/8/2013

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

Directors: Johan B. Renck
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Visiting Hours
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8.00
2327 votes

#12 - Visiting Hours

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/17/2017

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.

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Goodnight, Mother
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7.97
2115 votes

#13 - Goodnight, Mother

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/14/2016

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.

Directors: Tim Southam
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What's Wrong with Norman
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7.97
2377 votes

#14 - What's Wrong with Norman

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/1/2013

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

Directors: Paul A. Edwards
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Unfaithful
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7.97
2195 votes

#15 - Unfaithful

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/2/2016

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

Directors: Stephen Surjik
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Dark Paradise
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7.94
2769 votes

#16 - Dark Paradise

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/20/2017

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

Directors: Tucker Gates
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The Box
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7.94
1675 votes

#17 - The Box

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/28/2014

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.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Ocean View
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7.92
2144 votes

#18 - Ocean View

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/15/2013

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.

Directors: David Straiton
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The Vault
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7.91
2174 votes

#19 - The Vault

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/18/2016

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.

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Norma Louise
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7.91
280 votes

#20 - Norma Louise

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/13/2015

Norma contemplates a life outside of White Pine Bay. Emma and Dylan bond while helping Norman. Meanwhile, Romero faces a new threat.

Directors: Phil Abraham
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Caleb
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7.91
392 votes

#21 - Caleb

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/17/2014

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.

Directors: Lodge Kerrigan
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Unconscious
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7.87
1547 votes

#22 - Unconscious

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/11/2015

Norman's issues push Norma to the breaking point; Emma has an unexpected reaction to good news; Romero picks a side and seals his fate in the town; Caleb's decision brings about major life changes.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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Dreams Die First
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7.86
2497 votes

#23 - Dreams Die First

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/20/2017

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.

Directors: Nestor Carbonell
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Hidden
star
7.85
2499 votes

#24 - Hidden

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/13/2017

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

Directors: Max Thieriot
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The Last Supper
star
7.85
1558 votes

#25 - The Last Supper

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/20/2015

Norma returns home and Norman agrees to get help. Meanwhile, Dylan learns disturbing news about Emma's health.

Directors: Ed Bianchi
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