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Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

CITV 1984

The adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and all of his engine friends on the Island of Sodor.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S21E1

#1 - Springtime for Diesel (Season 21 - Episode 1)

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!

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E2

#2 - Sleeping Beauty (2) (Season 4 - Episode 2)

Thomas tells the engines the rest of his story about Duke and how a group of people set out to save him.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 15 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S6E11

#3 - The World's Strongest Engine (Season 6 - Episode 11)

Diesel is back after Henry has an accident, and annoys the other engines by boasting about how he is the world's strongest engine. To prove it, Diesel tries to pull 20 trucks at once, but they all have their brakes on and cause a coupling to break resulting in Diesel being launched down the yard...

The episode was rated 7.79 from 14 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E9

#4 - Troublesome Trucks (Season 1 - Episode 9)

James is feeling sad as he is still staying in his shed for being naughty. Eventually the Fat Controller lets him out to pull a goods train, but the trucks don't want to be pulled by James and misbehave. Whilst pulling them up Gordon's Hill, a coupling breaks and the last few trucks roll back down the hill. James goes to get them (they were stopped by the Guard) and starts on up the hill once more...

The episode was rated 7.78 from 37 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E14

#5 - Thomas & Bertie (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Bertie the Bus challenges Thomas to a race, to see who can get to the end of the line first. Thomas faces obstacles such as stations, signals and a slow start, Bertie has bus stops and traffic lights - who will win?

The episode was rated 7.78 from 23 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E8

#6 - Diesel Does It Again (Season 3 - Episode 8)

Duck and Percy are exhausted with the extra work in the harbour so the Fat Controller sends for another engine to help them. What a shock they receive when it turns out to be Diesel!

The episode was rated 7.73 from 15 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E15

#7 - Tenders & Turntables (1) (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Gordon has to pull his train backwards due not trying hard enough to move into the correct position on the turntable, so as to be turned around. And when James gets on the turntable, the strong sea winds spin it round much too fast. The two, plus Henry, are very cross about the the unfortunate events that happened to them and so all formulate on a plan...

The episode was rated 7.71 from 24 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E3

#8 - Bulldog (Season 4 - Episode 3)

Percy is feeling rather annoyed because he has a new coat of paint and is longing for everyone and anyone to see it. So Thomas tells him the following story... Before the problems come to their railway, Falcon is doing rather well, and the manager explains to him that he is now ready to take on "The Mountain Road", a difficult part of the line, so Duke is coming along to help. Falcon is not happy about this. Falcon and Duke set off, but Falcon becomes careless and finds himself hanging on the edge of the hillside...

The episode was rated 7.67 from 12 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S5E26

#9 - Rusty & The Boulder (Season 5 - Episode 26)

The Fat Controller has opened a new mine, and both the normal gauge and narrow gauge railways have tracks to it. An old boulder has had to be moved to make way for the mine, and Rusty is worried about it. Some time later the boulder is shaken loose and falls off the cliff it has been placed on and it chases Rusty down the line! Rusty manages to escape via a siding, but the boulder continues to thunder along! Back at the mine, Percy, with nowhere to run, sees the boulder up ahead, and it's heading straight for him...

The episode was rated 7.64 from 14 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S4E9

#10 - Home At Last (Season 4 - Episode 9)

Peter Sam is delighted when Skarloey returns home. He tells him about Duncan, who came as a spare engine after his accident. Skarloey would like to meet Duncan but gets to sooner than he expected!

The episode was rated 7.60 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E4
#11 - Edward, Gordon & Henry (2)
Season 1 - Episode 4

Henry is sad that he is stuck in the tunnel, and Gordon is having fun teasing him whenever he passes. One day Gordon's safety valve bursts just outside the tunnel. Edward is the only other engine available, but the train is too heavy for him. How could the situation possibly be resolved?

The episode was rated from 60 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S2E26
#12 - Thomas & The Missing Christmas Tree
Season 2 - Episode 26

The Fat Controller sends Thomas to fetch the Christmas Tree for the Christmas party, but on the way back he gets stuck under a big snowdrift. No-one knows what has happened to Thomas, so Donald & Douglas go out to look for him. Will Thomas get home in time?

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E21
#13 - Escape! (1)
Season 3 - Episode 21

Douglas attempts to rescue a frightened engine called Oliver, and his brakevan, Toad, from the place all steam engines fear to go - THE OTHER RAILWAY!

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E24
#14 - Heroes
Season 3 - Episode 24

At the docks, the Troublesome Trucks play tricks on and confuse Bill & Ben which makes them late to deliver the coaches for Gordon's Express, making him very late indeed. The next day, a rockslide threatens the quarry and only Bill & Ben are the ones who can save the workmen in danger...

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S9E17
#15 - Emily Knows Best
Season 9 - Episode 17

Percy and Toby do not approve of Emily’s desire to be Miss. Know-It-All. Emily goes so far in fact that her antics lead to terrible confusion (and delay). Will Emily see any sense?

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E7
#16 - Thomas & The Breakdown Train
Season 1 - Episode 7

Thomas is in the yard shunting when new engine James rushes past with a goods train yelling for help. James has wooden brakes and the trucks are pushing him down the line. The alarm goes - James has crashed into a field of cows. Thomas has to get the Breakdown Train and help James. Afterwards, the Fat Controller gives Thomas a very special reward.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S3E4
#17 - Gordon & the Famous Visitor
Season 3 - Episode 4

Everyone is excited at the arrival of the celebrity engine, 'City Of Truro' - all except Gordon, who sniffs at the fact that C.O.T. is a "domeless engine". However, when trying to break C.O.T.'s world record, he receives total humiliation thanks to a teasing wind.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E8
#18 - James & The Coaches
Season 1 - Episode 8

James the new engine has to pull some coaches with the help of Edward. They do very well but James is so excited that he accidentally showers water all over the Fat Controller's new top hat! Later on he is pulling more coaches and bumps them so hard that a brake pipe is damaged. Newspaper and a leather bootlace could temporarily mend the problem, but only a passenger willing enough to hand over their laces will the train be able to continue...

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E11
#19 - Thomas & The Guard
Season 1 - Episode 11

One day Thomas is late with his train due to Henry being late at the Junction, and when the Guard blows his whistle Thomas zooms off - without giving the Guard enough time to get on the train! Annie & Clarabel try to stop him, but Thomas continues to steam on!

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S1E25
#20 - Down the Mine
Season 1 - Episode 25

Gordon is in disgrace after falling in the ditch. Thomas teases him about it, saying he has, "A funny, musty, sort of smell!"Later, Thomas has to deliver trucks to an old Lead Mine. The ground beneath the rails running overhead is weak and whilst it can support the weight of trucks, it can't support the weight of an engine. But Thomas ingnores the "Danger" signs.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.

Last updated: sep 14, 2022



l tryed to delete from my collection but it won't delete why not?


I'm just going to briefly summarise this show: Series 1-4 are great, more or less directly based on the Railway Series books written by the Rev. Awdry from 1943 to 1972. These "children's" books were written with the intention of being as realistic as possible (minus the engines having faces), hence why nearly every singe story is based on an actual event, and most importantly; they were not just written for children. They never played down to children whatsoever, and neither the first four series of the TV-adaptation. Series 5 was released after Awdry's death and featured stories not based on the books. However, many fans consider it to be the best series of the show with its much darker and more mature tone and it's many crashes and explosions... After series 5 came the first film "Thomas and the Magic Railroad". Long story short; the film had nothing to do with the show, all the realism was replaced with magic and if you are under the assumption that Thomas is just a baby show, you are because of this film. Series 6 and 7 came after the film and were a transition to a new era: Rather than the railway, morals and life lessons became more of a focus. During series 7, the show was sold to HiT Entertainment and they finally made it a pure children's show. The continuity goes: Series 8 -> Calling All Engines! -> Series 9 -> Series 10 -> Series 11 -> The Great Discovery -> Series 12. During Series 12, they started utilising more CGI-elements and finally, the entire show switched to CGI, starting with the film "Hero of the Rails" in 2009. The "Nitrogen Era" (animated by Nitrogen Studios) had awful episodes, but a few good films. Continuity: Hero of the Rails -> Series 13 -> Misty Island Rescue -> Series 14 -> Day of the Diesels -> Series 15 -> Blue Mountain Mystery -> Series 16. Blue Mountain Mystery was another start of a new era as HiT Entertainment was bought by Mattel. They got a new team for Thomas, that tried to make the show good again. Led by head writer Andrew Brenner, the "Brenner-era" tried very hard to use the original source material as a basis for a show of substance. And they more or less succeeded. King of the Railway -> Series 17 -> Tale of the Brave -> Series 18 -> The Adventure Begins -> Series 19 -> Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure -> Series 20 -> The Great Race -> Journey Beyond Sodor -> Series 21 (Some continuity is a bit unclear as the production- and release history was messy). But after that amazing run, Mattel changed the show again: Now called "Big World! Big Adventures!", it was now about Thomas travelling the world and the animation became much more cartoony than realistic. Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie -> Series 22 -> Series 23 -> Series 24. And after that failed, the show ended in 2021 to be replaced immediately by a 2D-Cartoon called "Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go!". The first episodes are currently airing and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to the show. But the legacy lives on as there are many dedicated fans who are building their own models, animating their own engines or write their own stories. There are reasons why this "Kids"-show is still so beloved by teenagers and adults. So, that was my first "comment" on this site. ("Edited" because I accidentally hit enter too soon)


Why can't i delete this collection from my collection.


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