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Thomas and Friends is a delightful program for children addressing the topic of friendship. It is a story taken from a classic children's book about the adventures of Thomas the steam engine and all his friends. Each animated episode is narrated by the author who made the changes in character through tone and voice inflection. But now a variety of voices are used for each character. Viewers are invited in to watch with a catchy theme song. And each episode always ends with a sing-a-long jingle.

The story takes place in the make believe island of Sodor. Sir Topham Hat is the owner of the railway, and Mr. Conductor operates the daily activities of the roundhouse. The main characters are in the person of eight steam engines. Thomas is the original character based on a toy train that is blue with the number one on the side. Edward is another main character that is larger than Thomas. It is blue with a number two and pulls freight or passengers. Henry the number three green engine who primarily runs when Gordon doesn't. Gordon is the big blue number four engine that does the special pulls and rescue runs. James the red number five engines is very proud of his color and only pulls coaches. Percy is the small green, number six engine who remains strong against bullies. He is the balance to the determined Thomas. Toby is number seven and performs special duties. The last main character is Emily, a dark green number eight engine who is the first female and serves as the sister figure to all the other engines.

There are the people of the Island of Sodor, animals, and non-rail vehicles that interact with the main engine characters in the stories. Children will benefit on how to deal with their emotions and relationships with others by viewing these wholesome character building stories.

Thomas & Friends is a series that is currently running and has 20 seasons (190 episodes). The series first aired on February 28, 2000.

Where do I stream Thomas & Friends online? Thomas & Friends is available for streaming on PBS, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Thomas & Friends on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, iTunes online.

20 Seasons, 190 Episodes
February 28, 2000
Kids & Family
Cast: Michael Angelis, Keith Wickham, Michael Brandon, Kerry Shale
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Thomas & Friends Full Episode Guide

  • Rex thinks the job of delivering bales of wool will be easy, but when some bales end up on the track, he has an accident. / When some passengers accidently splash Bert, he decides to get his own back. But two wrongs don't make a right.

  • A cow on the line causes Mike to get so frustrated he blows his whistle cap off, so his passengers have to help him whistle. / Skiff is helping everyone to prepare for a storm, but ends up in trouble when his anchor rope snaps.

  • Hot weather causes tracks to buckle and fires to start on Sodor. / James's job is to transport the Mayor, but he spots a scratch on his paintwork and insists on being repainted.

  • Daisy takes advantage of Ryan's good nature but soon learns how to be a better friend. / Connor breaks down and decides that it is safer to slow down. Stephen convinces Connor to go fast again!

  • The Fat Controller gives Daisy the job of taking some very special passengers to Harwick. / James sulks when he is given waste trucks to pull. His friends help him find a way to do what he has to do and have fun too!

  • Christmas is fast approaching and Percy and Harold help each other to get the children's letters to Santa in time. / When brothers Donald and Douglas argue, Douglas gets stuck in the snow without a tender.

  • When Daisy teases Annie and Clarabel, they decide to get their own back but learn two wrongs don't make a right. / Samson boasts about his special job but soon his showing off gets him into trouble.

  • Gordon is late to pull the Express so the Fat Controller gives it to Henry. Gordon is given Henry's work so goes on strike! / Philip assumes Toby's the same as him but learns that you can be friends with someone who doesn't like the same things as you.

  • The Fat Controller gives Sidney a special job. Sidney is worried he might forget to do it so Thomas helps him make up a song. / When Diesel's nice to some ducklings he's worried he'll be teased but he learns that his friends like him for being him.

  • Salty All At Sea: Salty loves to tell scary stories and tall tales of sea monsters, which sometimes scare the other engines. When Sir Topham Hatt lends Salty to a port on the mainland, Salty allows his imagination to get the best of him. He runs away, fearful of traveling by ship. With the help of Thomas, he faces his fear and completes the job. Den and Dart : Den and Dart are best friends and teammates who are rarely separated. When Den is sent to the quarry as a replacement engine, he worries about taking on the new job without Dart. Dart has similar fears, but the dynamic duo manages to cope with the help of their new friends.

  • Helping Hiro: When Thomas accidentally spills his cargo on the tracks, Hiro becomes derailed. Hiro requires repair at Steamworks and Thomas ventures into the woods in attempt to find spare parts to expedite Hiro's recovery. He soon finds himself alone in the woods, immobile due to the old, broken tracks. Rocky, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt to the rescue, Thomas is brought back to Steamworks, where he is surprised to see Hiro already fixed! The Beast of Sodor: Spencer is stranded on Sodor because of the snowy weather and delights in telling the other engines about meeting the abominable snowman. Henry is frightened by the story and Spencer continues to play on his fear. However, when they encounter a man covered in snow, it's Spencer who is most afraid! Thankfully, the seemingly abominable snowman turns out to be Sir Topham Hatt.

  • Lost Property: Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel plan to impress the railway inspectors who are coming to the Island of Sodor. However, a string of problems and disruptions occur and a grumpy inspector only makes matters worse. Thomas finally impresses the inspector when he returns the gold watch that the grouchy man accidentally left on Annie's seat. Henry Spots Trouble: When Henry hears that Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren have the chickenpox, he worries that the engines will get sick, too. His fear intensifies when he catches sight of Thomas, splattered with mud and carrying a wagon of chickens. Afterward, it appears that every engine he meets is splattered with spots. Henry finally learns that engines can't catch chickenpox afterall.

  • Toad and the Whale: Toad, Oliver's brake van, spots a stranded whale on the beach. The Search and Rescue Team arrives at the scene and Oliver and Toad try to assist them. When efforts to drag the whale back into the water are unsuccessful, the engines transport the sea creature by rail to Brendam Docks. The whale is carried on a flatbed and released into the water. Very Important Sheep: Percy damages the back of his wagon in a rush to collect sheep for an agricultural fair. Without realizing there's a hole in the wagon, Percy continues his task and, one by one, the animals escape. Thomas discovers the sheep on the tracks, picks them up, and they ride to the fair with Annie and Clarabel.

  • Who's Geoffrey?: Thomas spontaneously creates Geoffrey, an imaginary engine who he blames a small, silly accident on. When Thomas further describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand. The Truth About Toby: Toby is stubborn and refuses to fill up with coal when Henrietta reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he's being scrapped!

  • Cranky Christmas:Sir Topham Hatt sends Thomas to the docks to collect a very important Christmas parcel. When unloading the ship, Cranky drops the parcel and fears that he broke the contents within. He hides the parcel, but it's soon found and Thomas sets off to deliver it. When Thomas slips on the icy tracks, he thinks that he broke the contents of the parcel. Sir Topham Hatt opens the parcel and reveals materials for the community's ice skating rink—unbroken! Snow Place Like Home: The snow is causing all sorts of trouble for the engines. Emily is at the Steamworks waiting for a truck, Kevin is trapped outside, and Victor ventures out to rescue Kevin, who he thinks is headed towards the depot. Luckily, Thomas is sent to the depot, too, and is able to find Victor before any other engines get stuck in the snow.

  • Emily Saves the World: Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load—a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it's knocked off her flatbed. The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time. Samson at Your Service: Samson doesn't like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen. Against the others' advice, Samson takes Gordon's Express Coaches to the quarry, instead of the trucks used for carrying stone.

  • Marion and the Dinosaurs: Marion wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a long line of dinosaurs gliding past in the moonlight. Thinking it was a dream, she tells Thomas. The dinosaurs return and chase Marion to the castle, where she discovers that they're model dinosaurs for the Earl's new Dinosaur Park! Millie and the Volcano: Harvey and Samson are arranging the dinosaur models for the Earl's new Dinosaur Park. When one of the dinosaurs swings towards Millie, she becomes frightened and Samson and Harvey laugh at her. In return, Millie seeks the last laugh. She plans for the groundsman to set his bonfire behind the model volcano, making them both think it's erupting!