Thomas & Friends

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  • TV-Y
  • 2000
  • 21 Seasons
  • 6.5  (6,282)

Thomas & Friends is a children's television show starring a group of lovable anthropomorphic trains that have everyday adventures on the island of Sodor. The show has been on air since 1984 and has gained a massive following of both children and adults. The show is based on a series of children's books written by Reverend W. Awdry in the 1940s. The show follows the lives of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby, and Emily, as they go about their daily activities of shunting cars, delivering goods and passengers, and helping out with important tasks on the island.

The show is set in a fictional island called Sodor where the trains are the main mode of transportation. The island has a wide range of locations where the trains can go, including stations, harbors, and quarries. The trains all have distinct personalities and quirks which make them endearing to the audience. For example, Thomas is eager to please and always tries his best, while Percy is a little nervous but determined to help out.

Michael Angelis, Keith Wickham, and Michael Brandon are the narrators of Thomas & Friends. They are responsible for telling the story of what the trains are up to and helping young viewers learn important lessons about friendship, teamwork, and problem-solving. Their voices are calm and soothing, making it easy for young viewers to follow along with the story and stay engaged.

Throughout the show, the trains encounter various problems and challenges which they must work together to solve. Whether it's a broken bridge, a missing shipment of flowers, or a friend who is feeling down, the trains always find a way to help each other out. The show emphasizes the importance of friendship and teamwork, and encourages children to develop these traits in their own lives.

Thomas & Friends also features a cast of human characters, including the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), his granddaughter Lady Hatt, and various other workers and passengers. These characters help to round out the world of Sodor and give the trains a sense of purpose beyond just transporting goods and passengers.

The animation style of Thomas & Friends has evolved over the years, but has always maintained a focus on bright colors, simple shapes, and clean lines. The trains and other vehicles are all rendered in a charming and endearing style, with exaggerated features that make them easy to recognize and remember. The show's production team has always placed a strong emphasis on producing high-quality animation that is both engaging and fun.

Overall, Thomas & Friends is a delightful children's show that is both entertaining and educational. The lovable characters, charming animation, and heartwarming stories make it a favorite of children of all ages, and the lessons about friendship, teamwork, and problem-solving make it a valuable tool for parents and educators looking to instill important values in children. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the world of Sodor, Thomas & Friends is sure to bring a smile to your face and a warm feeling to your heart.

Thomas & Friends is a series that is currently running and has 21 seasons (287 episodes). The series first aired on February 28, 2000.

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Over the Hill
20. Over the Hill
January 1, 1970
Stephen, the old engine at the castle, is jealous when Glynn, the old coffeepot engine, is restored and brought to Ulfstead Castle.
Daisy's Perfect Christmas
19. Daisy's Perfect Christmas
January 1, 1970
Daisy loves Christmas, but this year everyone keeps breaking with tradition and she's not happy at all...
The Christmas Coffee Pot
17. The Christmas Coffee Pot
January 1, 1970
When Marion finds Glynn, the old coffeepot engine who used to worked on the branch line, Thomas gets him restored in time for Christmas.
Terence Breaks the Ice
16. Terence Breaks the Ice
January 1, 1970
Terence takes a shortcut across a frozen lake while collecting Christmas trees for the holiday market and Thomas tries to save him.
Emily in the Middle
15. Emily in the Middle
January 1, 1970
Emily gets stuck in the middle while helping Donald and Douglas, until she gets derailed at the bottom of Gordon's Hill.
The Big Freeze
14. The Big Freeze
January 1, 1970
When a big freeze hits the island of Sodor, Diesel finally proves himself to be a hero by bringing the coal for the steam engines.
A Shed for Edward
13. A Shed for Edward
January 1, 1970
When Edward's shed is being repaired he is first sent to Philip's shed, then the Steamworks, then Brendam Docks, but they are all too noisy for him to get a good night's sleep!
The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor
12. The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor
January 1, 1970
When Rosie is painted red she is challenged to a race by fellow red engine James. A screeching sound leads Rosie to suggest that James should get his brakes checked, but he is too proud to do that, which leads to trouble.
Philip's Number
11. Philip's Number
January 1, 1970
Philip tries to discover why he was given the number 68. Later, when he manages to avoid an accident after 68 sheep stray onto the line, Philip decides it must be his lucky number!
Unscheduled Stops
10. Unscheduled Stops
January 1, 1970
When Bertie breaks down while they are racing, Thomas takes on his passengers. One elderly man says that Bertie always drops him off between stops. Soon Thomas is getting requests for lots of other unscheduled stops, which makes him run late and upsets his own passengers and the Fat Controller.
New Crane on the Dock
9. New Crane on the Dock
January 1, 1970
Carly the new crane is so keen that she takes on all the work. After Cranky finds himself with nothing to do, he works harder and faster in a bid to keep up with her. But as the two cranes frantically try to outdo one another, their hooks become entangled and they find themselves stuck fast and unable to move...
Cranky at the End of the Line
8. Cranky at the End of the Line
January 1, 1970
After Cranky is teased about his age, he works twice as hard and through the night to impress the Fat Controller. But the harder he works, the more mistakes he makes. When a big, new, shiny crane arrives, he thinks that his days at Brendam Docks are over!
Hasty Hannah
7. Hasty Hannah
January 1, 1970
While Henrietta is getting her seats refurbished, Toby is given a replacement carriage named Hannah. However, she is so headstrong and reckless that Toby gets fed up with her urging him to go faster and faster. But when he abandons her and she joins up with James, she learns to her cost that going too fast for a little carriage is not at all wise.
P A Problems
6. P A Problems
January 1, 1970
The Fat Controller splashes out on a new public address system, but the engines and passengers can't hear the announcements or which train to catch...
Runaway Engine
5. Runaway Engine
January 1, 1970
Millie is given extra work around the estate and gets agitated when Stephen and Glynn forget to clear up the garden waste. When Stephen also manages to hurt her feelings, and can't find her the next day to apologise, he thinks that she must have run away.
Stuck in Gear
4. Stuck in Gear
January 1, 1970
A branch gets stuck in the open gears of his crane, but Harvey is too shy to ask for help. Instead, he tries to fix it himself and ends up derailing himself inside a tunnel.
Dowager Hatt's Busy Day
3. Dowager Hatt's Busy Day
January 1, 1970
While the Fat Controller is sick, his mother runs the railway and creates chaos by getting everyone to do the wrong jobs! Oblivious to all the mayhem, Dowager Hatt supervises the hanging baskets at Knapford Station - until Emily gets involved.
A Most Singular Engine
2. A Most Singular Engine
January 1, 1970
Diesel makes mischief between Daisy and Harvey by telling them both that the other is boasting of being unique. However, the two become friends while assisting each other on a job, and Diesel does not understand why.
Springtime for Diesel
1. Springtime for Diesel
January 1, 1970
Diesel is always bumping into people and laughing, but when he does it to Daisy, her springs need fixing. In the Dieselworks, thinking that she is asleep, Diesel explains why he did it - it's his way of trying to make friends!
Where to Watch Thomas & Friends
Thomas & Friends is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Thomas & Friends on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 28, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (6,282)