I thought the first episode was decent, but nothing all that special. I thought the kid playing Norman wasn't all that good and that Norma was the much stronger actor. Two things that I thought were strange was that the student counselor looked like she was straight out of the 1960's and that the cop really looked like Anthony Perkins.
One thing that I don't like though: everyone is incredibly attractive. From the students, to the "disabled but relate-able girl next door", to the cops, they all looked like they walked off an Abercrombie photo shoot. Just really took me out of it and confirmed that "Dawson's Creek" vibe that was mentioned earlier in the thread.