As a fan of the original Psycho and even watching all the lackluster sequels it spawned including the abomination of the shot by shot remake. So, I wasn't sure how well this classic story could be told, but A&E was able to translate it fairly well. Freddie Highmore played Norman Bates with same venerability that Anthony Perkins originated the role with. Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates was well acted although I would have liked to see her a bit more demented, but I think as the show continues you will see that in her build. The setting of the small town and the filming of the first episode gave off a Stephen King movie of the week vibe. I will say there is one particular scene that I was not at all happy with and felt that could have been reworked better. I do believe this will be a slow burn kind of show, which could be a turn off to some viewers. But, overall the first episode laid the ground work for what could possibly be a good television show.
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