Catching up on movies and television shows is a great gift to bestow upon yourself; set aside some you time and start streaming.
We’ve just passed the halfway point of the year and already there have been a host of gasp-inducing, scream worthy, and jump-out-of-your-chair-and-fling-your-remote-at-the-screen scenes that remind us we’re in the second Golden Age of Television. So many, in fact, that we can’t wait for December to round them all up, so here are our 10 favorite firework moments of 2017 so far. WARNING: It’s all spoilers from here on out!
It doesn’t seem too early to bestow that praise upon Bates Motel, which begins its fifth and final season on A&E Monday night. The show, an imagining of the events that led up to Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark 1960 scary movie Psycho, has become its own distinctive creation. Developed by producers Carlton Cuse and (especially) Kerry Ehrin, and starring Freddie Highmore as troubled youth Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his domineering mother, Norma, Bates Motel is at once faithful to the Psycho mythos first conceived by novelist Robert Bloch, and a bold re-conceiving of what Bloch and Hitchcock wrought.
There’s no lack of shocking, over-the-top, wacky, devastating, and sometimes even devastatingly funny moments throughout the first four seasons of Bates Motel, and the fifth and final season of the A&E drama promises even more of all of the above. But to get you in that Bates frame of mind, here’s a throwback to 15 of the White Pine Bay citizenry’s most memorable outrageous moments. Bates Motel Season 5 premieres Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. on A&E. Read More: Review: The Good Fight Is a Strong Good Wife Spinoff Nashville Recap: Oops, They Did It Again Planet Earth II EP Previews Tops ‘Islands’ Moment
The end, sadly, is nigh, and while Norma Bates is already gone — well, literally gone, but then again, not gone, literally — she will continue to haunt sons Norman and Dylan as Bates Motel prepares to wrap its five-season run on A&E. The Psycho prequel series promises lots more twists, turns, murder, and humor in its final season, premiering Feb. 20, as we wait to find out just how close the Norman of Bates Motel becomes the Norman Bates of Psycho. There’s also that major guest spot by pop music superstar Rihanna to look forward to, so whatever your reason for checking in at Bates Motel for Season 5, here’s a deep dive on everything you need to know from Seasons 1-4, if you don’t have time to watch 40 episodes yourself. Norma buys the rundown Seafairer Motel in town, which she plans to fix up and run as the renamed Bates Motel, while she and Norman live in the Gothic mansion that’s up the hill.
It was another great, crowded year for TV. If you were to ask us to choose the 20 episodes everyone should have watched, here are our picks. Use your holiday vacation wisely, friends.
Yes, yes, we’ve seen the movie, we knew Norma was going to die, but we didn’t know when, or how, or by whose hand, or that it would come with a full season of A&E’s fantastic Bates universe series still to unfold. For 11 minutes at the start of The Fall‘s Season 3 finale, we listen to Paul Spector, a confessed serial killer who’s been claiming amnesia about his crimes for the last five episodes, talk with Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson. When the interrogation is halted, Gibson gets up to leave and tracks her with a chilling stare.
Sure you could spend the weekend before Halloween prepping your Stranger Things costume. Or, like a real ‘80s teenager, you could save that homework for the last minute, and use those 48 hours to binge on at least one (or more) season of scary TV. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a Halloween lover’s binge guide of past and present shows divided into different categories based on who (or what) scares you.
As we enter Emmy season — nomination voting runs through June 27 — Yahoo TV spotlighted performances, writing, and other contributions that we feel deserve recognition. Emmy nominations will be announced July 14. The Emmy Awards will air live Sept. 18 on ABC.
She sure looked pretty lifeless as her weeping husband, Alex Romero, held her in his arms, but in a TV season that has seen lots of fakeouts with major character deaths (yeah, we’re looking at you, J. Snow), we would not bet our primetime dollars on seeing Norma Bates’s obit in the White Pine Bay newspaper. Of course, Bates star Freddie Highmore and showrunners Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse have all the answers, and they’re sharing some of them with Yahoo TV. Read on for scoop about Romero’s continuing legal woes, the return of Chick, the shockingly “fun” season finale, and another confirmation that Season 5 will indeed be the last one we spend with the Bates family.
While most Mother’s Day celebrations are all about remembering the warmest and fuzziest maternal moments, we’ve decided to give shout-outs to mommies of another kind: TV’s most manipulative mothers. You know the old saying, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? These moms take that idea to heart, ensuring that everyone is onboard with what will make them happy… no matter what subtle, and sometimes not–so-subtle, methods they have to employ to make it so.
It’s a new year, and 2016 brings us a slew of new shows to watch, dissect, binge, and obsess over. Mega stars Jennifer Lopez and Joan Allen headline the thrillers Shades of Blue and The Family, while spinoffs Legends of Tomorrow and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders extend familiar universes. FX and Ryan Murphy take us back to the mid-’90s with a dramatized look at “The Trial of the Century” in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J.
The executive producer of "Bates Motel," "The Returned," "The Strain," and "Lost" poses questions to viewers. Email us your answers by March 27. We'll post his response on April 6.