Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

10 Worst Episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

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

Written by Sophie and last updated on sep 14, 2022.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S5E5

#10 - James & The Trouble With Trees (Season 5 - Episode 5)

James has recieved a new coat of paint and becomes too cocky, even to recognise the dangers trees could cause. However, he learns his lesson when his trucks cause trouble for him during wet weather.

The episode was rated 6.30 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S5E21

#9 - A Surprise For Percy (Season 5 - Episode 21)


Percy is pulling some trucks up a hill when the coupling between him and the first truck breaks. This causes the trucks to break away and roll down the line, and at a tremendous pace at that! Will Percy catch them in time before they cause even more of a disaster?

The episode was rated 6.25 from 12 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S15E2

#8 - Toby and Bash (Season 15 - Episode 2)

Dash is rewarded by the Fat Controller for being a Really Useful Engine. His prize is to spend the day with Toby. Dash enjoys himself so much that Toby thinks his friend would like to live on Sodor. Together, the pair set out to find Dash the perfect new home.

The episode was rated 6.18 from 11 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S13E1

#7 - Creaky Cranky (Season 13 - Episode 1)


After Thomas teases him for creaking, Cranky boasts that he is stronger than the little tank engine. Thomas attempts to prove him wrong by bringing heavy loads for Cranky to lift. When that fails, he suggests that Cranky attempts to lift him, which ends in disaster.

The episode was rated 6.18 from 17 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S9E21

#6 - Bold & Brave (Season 9 - Episode 21)

Is there really such thing as a curse? After Diesel tells of the sea cliffs being cursed, Thomas thinks so, and he has to travel along them on this day! It’s his route to take on an important job assigned, but will Thomas dare take it?

The episode was rated 6.10 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S9E14

#5 - The Magic Lamp (Season 9 - Episode 14)


Peter Sam wouldn’t even think of believing in Skarloey’s story about the magic lamp belonging to the legendary engine, Proteus. But before long, Peter Sam starts thinking otherwise about the lamp, so much so that he loses his way on a night shift…

The episode was rated 6.10 from 10 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S9E6

#4 - Respect For Gordon (Season 9 - Episode 6)

Pompous as ever Gordon creates a complete set of rules for the engines to strictly adhere to, upon their teasing about the loud rattling that has started to makes itself heard from him.

The episode was rated 5.83 from 12 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S13E2

#3 - The Lion of Sodor (Season 13 - Episode 2)


Thomas is given the job of transporting a crate containing a very special statue called The Lion of Sodor. However, he thinks his cargo is a real lion, so he decides to take extra care of it. Throughout his journey to Knapford, Thomas decides to make sure that the lion is well fed and comfortable, so he collects syrup from Henry, fish from Edward, and straw from Toby, which are all placed inside the crate. When Thomas arrives at Knapford station, the crate is opened up and everyone is shocked to see the Lion of Sodor in a terrible mess. Thomas feels very silly and owns up to what he thought of his cargo. The Fat Controller and Henry explain that the Lion of Sodor was a special statue which got broken. Thomas' cargo was the new statue of the Lion. Feeling silly, Thomas agrees to get the statue clean. Taking advice from Henry and Edward, Thomas gets it cleaned at the wash-down and then polished at the Sodor Steamworks. Once the Lion of Sodor looks very clean, Thomas takes Toby's advice to a short-cut via the windmill to get back to Knapford station, where the Mayor of Sodor is very pleased to see the new statue.

The episode was rated 5.71 from 14 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S12E2

#2 - Steady Eddie (Season 12 - Episode 2)

Edward is told to take a brass wheel along the express line to the Waterworks, but opts to take the branch line so the people can see him. Although Edward is warned the line ahead is bumpy, he continues onwards as the school is nearby. When the wheel begins to tear the rope, Edward goes up Gordon's Hill, but then the wheel rolls off to the Smelters. Edward saves it just in time and has it chained on so it won't fall off.

The episode was rated 5.69 from 13 votes.

Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends - S12E3

#1 - Rosie's Funfair Special (Season 12 - Episode 3)


The funfair is coming to Sodor again, and Rosie wants to pull the train, but she is told to be the back engine for Emily. Rosie decides to take the train so that Emily can do her other jobs, but the couplings keep breaking and crashing- unbeknownst to Rosie

The episode was rated 5.58 from 12 votes.

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