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Thomas & Friends is a preschool kids show created by Britt Allcroft and is owned by Hit Entertainment. Back in 1945, a father told stories about a blue engine name Thomas to his son. Wilbert Awdry began writing books about Thomas and his friends until 1971 when he retired from writing stories. His son Christopher Awdry then took/take over and wrote the books. There are over 42 books written in the Railway Series.

Thomas & Friends 1st began airing on PBS Kids from 1989-1997. In September 2004, a new series was produced and it aired every Sunday up until PBS Kids Sprout was released. Some PBS Stations still aired the show but some stopped and let Sprout air the show.

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On May 15, 2013, PBS Kids announced they were moving HIT Entertainment’s “Thomas & Friends” to its daily schedule beginning this October, taking the series from weekend syndication into national distribution. To support the move, PBS Kids is adding a dedicated Thomas & Friends area to its website and beginning in August, will feature the series on its online video player and video app.

The schedule move will take place this fall as an all-new season CGI-animated series hits the airwaves, alongside the 60-minute movie special, King of the Railway.

“From its roots in publishing when the Reverend Wilbert Awdry wrote the Railway Series, Thomas & Friends has always been brought to life in the hearts and imaginations of preschoolers with great characters and stories,” says Claudia Scott-Hansen, group director, broadcast Americas, HIT Entertainment. “We are so pleased to partner with PBS Kids to bring the adventures of Thomas and his engine friends to nearly every United States household 5 days a week. The popularity of the ‘Thomas & Friends’ series is at an all-time high, and we expect this move to continue the momentum of the brand”.

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PBS Kids no longer airs Thomas and Friends after Season 20, as Nick Jr got the rights to the show until Season 23, when Netflix bought the rights to stream new episodes, such as Season 24.

A reboot, Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! is set to premiere in October 2021, but Cartoon Network US will broadcast the series through its upcoming Cartoonito preschool programming block while Netflix US streams it.

Episode List

Season 1 (2004)

  1. Thomas and the Tuba/Peace and Quiet/Percy’s New Whistle
  2. Thomas to the Rescue/Emily’s New Coaches/Henry and the Wishing Tree
  3. James Gets a New Coat/Best Dressed Engine/Thomas Saves the Day
  4. Percy’s Big Mistake/Gordon and Spencer/Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough
  5. Don’t Tell Thomas/James and the Queen of Sodor/Emily’s New Route
  6. Thomas and the Firework Display/Bill, Ben and Fergus/Gordon Takes Charge
  7. Spic and Span/Not So Hasty Puddings/Edward the Great
  8. Squeak, Rattle and Roll/Percy Gets it Right/Thomas and the Circus
  9. Thomas Gets it Right/What’s the Matter with Henry?/As Good as Gordon
  10. Fish/The Old Iron Bridge/Emily’s Adventure
  11. Halloween/Trusty Rusty/You Can Do it, Toby!
  12. James Goes Too Far/3 Cheers for Thomas/Chickens to School
  13. Too Hot for Thomas/Salty’s Stormy Tale/Percy and the Magic Carpet

Season 2 (2005)

  1. Percy and the Oil Painting/James and the Red Balloon/Thomas and the Rainbow
  2. Thomas' Milkshake Muddle/Spotless Record/Mighty Mac
  3. Molly's Special Special/Edward the Really Useful Engine/Respect for Gordon
  4. Thomas and the Birthday Picnic/Harold and the Flying Horse/Tuneful Toots
  5. Thomas and the Toy Shop/Something Fishy/Rheneas and the Dinosaur
  6. Thomas and the New Engine/Bulgy Rides Again/Toby Feels Left Out
  7. Thomas Tries His Best/No Sleep for Cranky/The Magic Lamp
  8. Thomas and the Statue/Toby's Windmill/Henry and the Flagpole
  9. Emily Knows Best/Gordon Takes a Tumble/Thomas' Day Off
  10. Thomas's New Trucks/Toby Had a Little Lamb/Duncan and the Old Mine
  11. Bold and Brave/Fergus Breaks the Rules/Skarloey the Brave
  12. Saving Edward/A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter/Thomas and the Golden Eagle
  13. Keeping Up with James/Edward's Brass Band/Flour Power

Season 3 (2006)

  1. Follow that Flour/Knapford Station/A Smooth Ride
  2. Thomas and the Jet Plane/Gordon's Hill/Percy and the Carnival
  3. The Green Controller/Sodor Suspension Bridge/Duncan Drops a Clanger
  4. Thomas' Tricky Tree/Farmer McColl's Farm/Toby's Afternoon Off
  5. It's Good to be Gordon/The High Hills/Seeing the Sights
  6. Fearless Freddie/Centre Island Quarry/Toby's New Shed
  7. Big Strong Henry/The Seaside/Sticky Toffee Thomas
  8. Which Way Now?/Tidmouth Sheds/Thomas and the Shooting Star
  9. Edward Strikes Out/Tidmouth Sheds/Topped Off Thomas
  10. Wharf and Peace/The High Hills/Thomas' Frosty Friend
  11. Emily and the Special Cars/Knapford Station/Thomas and the Colors
  12. Thomas and the Birthday Mail/The Coaling Plant/Duncan's Bluff
  13. Missing Cars/Brendam Docks/Thomas and the Treasure
  14. James the 2nd Best/Brendam Docks/Thomas and Skarloey's Big Day Out

Season 4 (2007-2008)

  1. Thomas and the Storyteller/Fun Times with Edward/Emily and the Garbage
  2. Dream On/Fun Times with Henry/Dirty Work
  3. Hector the Horrid/Fun Times with James/Gordon and the Mechanic
  4. Thomas and the Spaceship/Fun Times with Diesel/Henry's Lucky Day
  5. Thomas and the Lighthouse/Fun Times with Percy/Thomas and the Big Bang
  6. Smoke and Mirrors/Fun Times with Thomas/Thomas Sets Sail
  7. Don't Be Silly, Billy/Fun Times with Toby/Edward and the Mail
  8. Hide and Peep/Fun Times with Gordon/Toby's Triumph
  9. Thomas and the Runaway Car/Fun Times with the Narrow Gauge Engines/Thomas in Trouble
  10. Thomas and the Treasure/Fun Times with Emily/Percy and the Baggage
  11. Ding-a-Ling/Fun Times with James/Cool Truckings
  12. Skarloey Storms Through/Fun Times with Gordon/Duncan Does it All
  13. Sir Handel in Charge/Fun Times with Thomas/Wash Behind Your Buffers

Season 5 (2008)

This season had a switch to CGI animation still using models but CGI animation for the faces and people. After the 12th episode the show went on hiatus and ran reruns until April 2009 when the last episode in the season aired.

  1. Best Friends/Rosie and Molly/Henry Gets it Wrong
  2. Thomas and the Billboard/Toby/Steady Eddie
  3. Heave Ho Thomas/Henry/Toby's Special Surprise
  4. Don't Go Back/Gordon/Percy and the Bandstand
  5. Thomas Puts the Brakes On/Neville and Dennis/Gordon Takes a Shortcut
  6. The Man in the Hills/Harold and Jeremy/Excellent Emily
  7. Tram Trouble/Edward/James Works it Out
  8. Rosie's Funfair Special/Diesel/Push Me, Pull You
  9. Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon/The Narrow Gauge Engines/Mountain Marvel
  10. Saved You!/Percy/The Party Surprise

Season 6 (2010)

This season was the 1st to be produced in full CGI animation and have voice actors for the characters.  

  1. Friends and Family
  2. Slips and Trips!
  3. Working Well
  4. Marvelous Moments!
  5. Best Times!
  6. Giving and Sharing
  7. Wild Weather
  8. Good Deeds
  9. Out and About
  10. Helping Hands

Season 7 (2010-2011)

  1. Clever Ideas
  2. Helpful Friends
  3. Safe & Sound
  4. Special Jobs
  5. Being Happy with Me
  6. Busy Days
  7. Playing with Friends
  8. Sounds and Smells
  9. Listening and Learning
  10. Winter Delights

Season 8 (2011)

  1. Exciting Friends
  2. Kindness with Friends
  3. Learning Together
  4. Happy Engines
  5. Fun in the Snow
  6. Helping Each Other
  7. Laughing Together
  8. Slow Down!
  9. Special Times
  10. Being Useful

Season 9 (2012)

  1. Chuffing with Pride
  2. All Together Now
  3. If a Job's Worth Doing
  4. Fun on the Farm
  5. Don't Give Up
  6. A Friend in Need
  7. Winter Surprise
  8. Communication
  9. Just Being You
  10. Let It Snow

Season 10 (2013-2014)

This is the 1st season to be animated by Arc Productions. This season premiered October 7, 2013. Thomas & Friends started airing on the daily schedule. Mark Moraghan is the new narrator. 

  1.  Look and Listen
  2. Fire and Water
  3. Just Be You/Yourself
  4. Someone to Look Up To
  5. Peace and Quiet
  6. Taking Turns
  7. Spooky Charms
  8. Tricks and Tales
  9. Snow Stops Play
  10. Tinsel and Trains
  11. Sea and Sand
  12. Food to Go
  13. Take it Easy

Season 11 (2014-2015)

  1. Fast and Reliable
  2. There's Always a Good Explanation
  3. Special Friends
  4. Please Be Patient
  5. Signals and Alarms
  6. Going Underground
  7. Christmas Cheer
  8. Passengers
  9. Illuminating Minds
  10. Coming Home for Christmas
  11. Recycle Recycle Reycle!
  12. Jurassic Sodor
  13. Special Deliveries

Season 12-13 (2015-2017)

  1. Telling Tales
  2. Finders Keepers
  3. Lost and Found
  4. All At Sea
  5. Slowly Wins the Race
  6. Competing Engines
  7. The Race is On
  8. Christmas Time
  9. Spooky Snow
  10. Tis the Season to Be Jolly
  11. Be Good to Your Friends
  12. Patience and Rules
  13. A Time for Sharing
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