Bates Motel made its debut this week and A&E saw it rake in “record” numbers. An estimated 4.6 million viewers tuned in to witness the start of the Norman Bates legacy and now – if you missed it – you can watch the first episode via the player inside.
The series concerns the early days of Norman’s life. Following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.