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The Best Episodes of Bates Motel

Every episode of Bates Motel ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Bates Motel!

A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.


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The best episode of "Bates Motel" is "Forever", rated 9.4/10 from 2484 user votes. It was directed by Tim Southam and written by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin. "Forever" aired on 5/9/2016 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Marion".

  • Forever
    9.4/10 2,484 votes

    #1 - Forever

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-05-09

    Norma and Norman try to reconnect as they plan for the future. Frustrated by Norma's blind eye, Romero and Dylan decide to take action for Norman's own good.

    Director: Tim Southam

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • Marion
    9.2/10 2,138 votes

    #2 - Marion

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-03-27

    Norman checks in a special guest at the motel. Dylan grapples with devastating news. Sam and Madeleine face a crossroads in their marriage.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • The Cord
    9.2/10 2,384 votes

    #3 - The Cord

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-04-24

    Norman Bates comes home.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • Norman
    9.1/10 2,114 votes

    #4 - Norman

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-05-16

    Norman and Norma's relationship faces its greatest test yet. Romero faces pressure from all sides, and Dylan considers reaching out to Norma but wants nothing to do with her.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • Norma Louise
    9.0/10 2,128 votes

    #5 - Norma Louise

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-04-13

    Norma considers a life outside of White Pine Bay, leaving Norman in a vulnerable position. Dylan and Emma bond while helping Norman through a rough night. Romero is confronted by a new threat. Caleb makes a difficult decision after learning of Norma's sudden departure.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • Goodnight, Mother
    9.0/10 1,869 votes

    #6 - Goodnight, Mother

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-03-14

    Norma and Norman face off as each suspects the other of a terrible deed. Dylan considers his future with Emma. Romero makes a choice that will have far-reaching consequences for the Bates family.

    Director: Tim Southam

    Writer: Torrey Speer, Kerry Ehrin

  • Inseparable
    8.9/10 1,586 votes

    #7 - Inseparable

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-04-03

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

    Director: Steph Green

    Writer: N/A

  • The Immutable Truth
    8.8/10 2,035 votes

    #8 - The Immutable Truth

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-05-05

    Norma tries to save Norman from making a horrible mistake. Meanwhile, Romero and Dylan find a way to bring closure to the drug war and Emma makes a decision about her future at Bates Motel.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • Unconscious
    8.8/10 1,841 votes

    #9 - Unconscious

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-05-11

    Norma hits a breaking point with Norman's issues. Emma has a surprising reaction to seemingly positive news. Romero finally chooses sides, sealing his fate in town. Caleb makes a decision that will uproot his new life.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • Visiting Hours
    8.8/10 1,526 votes

    #10 - Visiting Hours

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-04-17

    Norman's legal problems worsen; Emma tends to the family business as Dylan finds himself caught between his past and his future; Romero enacts his plan for revenge.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Scott Kosar

  • The Truth
    8.7/10 2,575 votes

    #11 - The Truth

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-04-22

    Dylan asks Norman to move in with him. Chaos ensues at the Bates home as Norma tells Emma that some things are better kept to themselves.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • The Last Supper
    8.7/10 1,765 votes

    #12 - The Last Supper

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-04-20

    Norma returns home to find a mess waiting for her. Norman agrees to get some help. Dylan learns some shocking news about Emma's health.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Philip Buiser

  • A Danger to Himself and Others
    8.7/10 1,851 votes

    #13 - A Danger to Himself and Others

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-03-07

    Norma searches desperately for Norman, who finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings. Meanwhile, Dylan anxiously awaits news regarding Emma, while Romero receives a surprising proposition.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • The Convergence of the Twain
    8.7/10 1,644 votes

    #14 - The Convergence of the Twain

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-02-27

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

    Director: Sarah Boyd

    Writer: Alyson Evans, Steve Kornacki

  • The Body
    8.7/10 1,498 votes

    #15 - The Body

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-04-10

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

    Director: Freddie Highmore

    Writer: Erica Lipez

  • The Box
    8.6/10 1,851 votes

    #16 - The Box

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-04-28

    Norma desperately tries to connect with Norman. Dylan decides if risking his life is worth saving a loved one. Romero enlists the help of a former colleague to determine if Norman is guilty of a crime.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • Unfaithful
    8.6/10 1,576 votes

    #17 - Unfaithful

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-05-02

    Norma finds herself torn between Romero and Norman. A holiday outing makes Norman realize how much everyone else has changed in his absence.

    Director: Stephen Surjik

    Writer: Freddie Highmore

  • Dreams Die First
    8.6/10 1,599 votes

    #18 - Dreams Die First

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-03-20

    Norman attempts to piece together Mother's movements. In Seattle, Dylan and Emma confront an ugly truth. Sam's girlfriend, Marion, makes a spur-of-the-moment decision with far-reaching consequences.

    Director: Nestor Carbonell

    Writer: Erica Lipez, Kerry Ehrin

  • Midnight
    8.5/10 2,394 votes

    #19 - Midnight

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-05-20

    Romero decides that it is time to act, and Norman takes Emma to the dance. Miss Watson gives Norman a ride home.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin

  • The Vault
    8.5/10 1,633 votes

    #20 - The Vault

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-04-18

    While Norman digs deep in his past in therapy and confronts some painful truths, Norma does everything in her power to keep a secret of her own from coming to light.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Scott Kosar

  • Dark Paradise
    8.5/10 1,743 votes

    #21 - Dark Paradise

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-02-20

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

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • Plunge
    8.4/10 1,864 votes

    #22 - Plunge

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-04-07

    Dylan is asked to take control of a volatile situation. A secret spreads, threatening Norma and Norman's relationship. Emma finds herself in a very dangerous situation.

    Director: Ed Bianchi

    Writer: Kerry Ehrin

  • Persuasion
    8.4/10 1,736 votes

    #23 - Persuasion

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-03-23

    Norman and Norma grow apart as he and Emma grow closer. Norma balks when Romero asks Norman some tough questions. Romero meets his competition for re-elections.

    Director: Tim Southam

    Writer: Alyson Evans, Steve Kornacki

  • The Deal
    8.4/10 1,727 votes

    #24 - The Deal

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-04-06

    When Norma finds herself in a rare position of power, she appeals to Romero for guidance. Norman and Dylan both come undone from the fallout of a secret. Caleb considers an offer made to him by a surprising source.

    Director: Nestor Carbonell

    Writer: Scott Kosar

  • The Pit
    8.4/10 1,642 votes

    #25 - The Pit

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-04-27

    Romero confronts Norma about new information that has recently come to light. Norman reels from a recent discovery. Caleb and Dylan take a job that involves some risk. Emma makes a decision about her future with Norman.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Bill Balas