Bates Motel

The BEST seasons of Bates Motel

Every season of Bates Motel ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best seasons 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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Season 5
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8.38
291 votes

#1 - Season 5

First Aired 2/21/2017

The fifth and final season picks up almost two years after season 4. Now a grown man, Norman lives a double life: publicly, he's a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home he struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan and Emma have been living their lives blissfully unaware of Norman’s full on descent into psychosis, and a vengeful Alex Romero hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love. In addition, new faces including the iconic Marion Crane, Madeleine Loomis and her husband Sam Loomis, and Sheriff Dana Greene become entangled in Norman’s life causing a chain of events that could blow the lid off his secret life.

Season 4
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8.35
382 votes

#2 - Season 4

First Aired 3/8/2016

This season Norma becomes increasingly fearful and desperate, going to great lengths to find Norman the professional help he needs. This further complicates their once unbreakable trust while Norman struggles to maintain his grip on reality. Sheriff Romero once again finds himself drawn back into Norma and Norman’s lives. Will things finally heat up between Norma and the other man in her life, Sheriff Romero, and just how much further will he go to protect her?

Season 1
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8.14
666 votes

#3 - Season 1

First Aired 3/19/2013

After finding his father dead, teenager Norman Bates and his mother, Norma, purchase a motel and move to White Pine Bay in search of a new life, but they soon discover this idyllic seaside town hides some deadly secrets. Unable to trust anyone but each other, the two indulge in a deeply twisted relationship that raises the question: does mother really know best?

Season 3
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8.08
449 votes

#4 - Season 3

First Aired 3/10/2015

Bates Motel Season 3 offers more of the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. This season focuses on the evolution of the Bates family. Norma finds strength to really look at the truth about her son for the first time. And Norman is determined to gain some kind of control over his own mind.

Season 2
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8.00
538 votes

#5 - Season 2

First Aired 3/4/2014

In the aftermath of Miss Watson's murder, Norman's innocence is buried under blackouts, suspicious characters, and his strange behaviour. Meanwhile, Norma faces dark truths of her own when family secrets begin to unravel and looming threats from local villains jeopardize Norma's stab at happiness. No matter where you turn – there's no escaping what bubbles beneath the surface in White Pine Bay.