Did you know that they tried a Bates Motel TV Series in the 1980s?


In 1987, NBC broadcast a TV movie that was originally conceived as a pilot for a Psycho-themed TV series called, Bates Motel (not to be confused with the one currently running on A&E). The show starred Bud Court as the former roommate of Norman Bates, at a mental institution, who inherits the motel when Norman dies. Rising star Lori Petty and established actor, Moses Gunn rounded out the cast.

As you might have guessed, it was not a well-received project. Anthony Perkins, who played Norman in the films, even came out against it and most fans will tell you that it is a non-canonical piece of the Psycho-verse.

I watched it when it came out originally and sort of enjoyed it. Re-watching it now, when I am a bit more discriminating, I can see why people have issues with it. But don’t listen to me, you can check it out yourself online, because someone was nice enough to post it in 10 parts on YouTube.

Here is part 1…


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