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.
Norman tries to keep up appearances despite a troubling discovery. Dylan and Emma receive a surprise guest.
Norman's date doesn't go as planned. Romero's frustrations reach a boiling point. Chick brings Norman a gift.
Norman helps Chick with a project. Romero makes his move. An apologetic Madeleine reaches out to Norman.
Norman learns who he can rely on as he attempts to protect his secrets; Romero struggles to find safety.
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.
A special guest checks into the motel; Dylan grapples with devastating news; Sam and Madeleine's marriage reaches a crossroads.
Norman and Mother are brought together as trouble looms large. Romero convalesces with the aid of an old friend. Dylan returns home.
Mother uses tough love to protect Norman. Sheriff Greene opens a murder investigation. Dylan gets help for his brother.
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.
Norman comes home.