Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Weekdays 3:30 PM on ITV Premiered Oct 09, 1984 In Season



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Welcome to the Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends guide at The show is about a tank engine, Thomas, and his friends who live on the Island of Sodor. Together, the engines work on the railways under the supervision of Sir Topham Hatt, the "Fat Controller." Thomas The Tank Engine actually dates back to 1945, when the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry created The Railway Series to amuse his son Christopher, who was suffering from measles. His wife Margaret encouraged him to publish the stories and he did so, going on to add another book each year (except 1947 and 1971) until 1972. Wilbert's son Christopher later continued The Railway Series up to 40 books. In 1984 Britt Allcroft decided to turn the stories into a TV series with Ringo Starr as the narrator. He was replaced by Michael Angelis in 1991, who still narrates today. (Full Narrator listings below.) When the series was shown on PBS in the US, it was part of a show called Shining Time Station. 2 of the show's narrators played Mr. Conductor in the series, Ringo Starr in the earlier episodes and George Carlin later. Since the show ran from 1989 to 1993, only early episodes of Thomas are part of it. A note on writers: In the episode guide, the writers are as follows: If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by the Rev W Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is based on a Railway Series book by Christopher Awdry, he will be credited as the writer. If the episode is not based on a Railway Series book, Britt Allcroft and David Mitton will be credited as the writers since they wrote it. From Season 6 the writers are varied. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is Based on The Railway Series by The Reverend W. Awdry. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Inc.



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Michael Angelis

Michael Angelis

U.K. Narrator (Seasons 3-16) U.S. Narrator ("New Friends For Thomas" DVD episodes only)

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

U.K. Narrator (Seasons 1-2) U.S. Narrator (Seasons 1-2)

George Carlin

George Carlin

U.S. Narrator (Seasons 3-4 and re-narrated Seasons 1-2)

Mark Moraghan

Mark Moraghan

U.K. Narrator/U.S. Narrator (Seasons 17-up)

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

U.S. Narrator (Seasons 5-6)

Michael Brandon

Michael Brandon

U.S. Narrator (Seasons 7-16)

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Fan Reviews (123)

  • Thomas and Friends, Complete Series DVDs in Region 1, only in United States

    I want Thomas and Friends, Complete Series DVDs, are released in Region 1, only in United States are; Series 1, 2, 3, and 4, narrated by George Carlin, Series 5 and 6, narrated by Alec Baldwin, Series from 7 through 16, narrated by Michael Brandon? My future children will like it?
  • ROCKS 10/10

    thomas is a show is my 9th favorite cartoon. Its really ineresting and i love the crashes,especially james hitting two tar wagons! there story make sence compare to chuggition and toys last a long time and it is still here and not canclled for 30 YEARS! HA take that peppa pig!
  • slightly overrated

    the rating is a bit to high.
  • No comment

    Look, Thomas is a baby show. It's not even your target audience anymore. Just because you grew out of it, that doesn't mean you can still like it. I watched it, and it got boring for me. It's nothing interesting. I'm not being a douche or anything.
  • 4 words:

    Ever since I was a toddler I was a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. And I still enjoy watching it with my younger cousin. Although its now in CGI, just like Sesame Street. In the old episodes what did kinda irk me about the animation is that not only are the lip syncs off of course, but they don't even move when characters talk. But I still love Sesame Street and this show too. The characters are likable, even if some are cross like Sir Topham Hat. Thomas is still a really useful engine. I love the train crashes. Overall Thomas is the most memorable educational show since Sesame Street. Take that Barney the big fat a** purple dinosaur!! Overal Rating: (10/10) A+moreless

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