Thomas & Friends (series 1)

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Thomas & Friends (series 1)
Thomas&FriendsSeries1.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Original run 4 September 1984 (1984-09-04)
25 December 1984 (1984-12-25)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 26 October 2004
Region 2 31 January 2005
Region 4 6 April 2006
Series chronology
Next →
Series 2 (1986)
List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas & Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the first series, which was originally broadcast in 1984. This series was initially narrated by Ringo Starr for the UK audiences, who re-dubbed 25 episodes for the US audiences; which was later re-dubbed again by George Carlin for the US audiences.

Most episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the UK broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath.

All episodes from this series can be found on the DVD release Thomas: The Early Years, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment/HIT Entertainment in 2004.

It was produced by Clearwater Features Ltd. for Britt Allcroft (Thomas) Ltd.

Production[edit]

All of the stories in Series 1 were originally written by the Rev. W. Awdry, including a one-off story commissioned by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later episodes, with crew member (and from Series 8-12, director) Steve Asquith terming them the "Magnificent Seven".[1] Many settings from the first series would stay with the show for years, even through its 2009 transition to CGI, such as Knapford, Wellsworth, Gordon's Hill, Henry's Tunnel, and Tidmouth Sheds.

The pilot for the series was an adaptation of "Down the Mine," which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.[1][2]

Episodes[edit]

# Total UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Directed by Source Original air date
1 1 "Thomas and Gordon"
"Thomas Gets Tricked"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
4 September 1984
Thomas is a blue tank engine who works at a big station on the Island of Sodor, shunting coaches to their proper places. He enjoys teasing the other engines, especially Gordon, the biggest and proudest engine. When his teasing goes too far, Gordon decides to teach him a lesson.
2 2 "Edward and Gordon"
"Edward Helps Out"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
9 September 1984
Edward is an old engine, and has not been out working for a while. His crew feels sorry for him, and decide to use him one day. Not only that, but he helps Gordon the next day when he gets himself stuck on a hill.
3 3 "The Sad Story of Henry"
"Come Out, Henry!"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
12 September 1984
A green engine named Henry is afraid of the rain, thinking it will spoil his lovely green paint and red stripes. One day, he runs into a tunnel and refuses to come out. After numerous attempts to move him, The Fat Controller decides to shut him in the tunnel.
4 4 "Edward, Gordon and Henry"
"Henry to the Rescue"
David Mitton The Three Railway Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
14 September 1984
Henry has been stuck in the tunnel for a long time now, and wishes he had not been so silly. One day, Gordon goes too fast and bursts a safety valve. Edward is the only engine available, but he can not push the heavy train without Henry's help.
5 5 "Thomas' Train"
"A Big Day for Thomas"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
17 September 1984
Thomas is getting bored with shunting, and wishes he could pull a train instead of merely collecting coaches. When Henry is ill, his chance comes—with disastrous results.
6 6 "Thomas and the Trucks"
"Trouble for Thomas"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
20 September 1984
Thomas learns why trucks are troublesome.
7 7 "Thomas and the Breakdown Train"
"Thomas Saves the Day"
David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
22 September 1984
Thomas helps James after an accident, and is rewarded with a branch line of his own.
8 8 "James and the Coaches"
"James Learns a Lesson"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
25 September 1984
James has a series of misfortunes with top hats and coaches.
9 9 "Troublesome Trucks"
"Foolish Freight Cars"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
2 October 1984
James is let out of the shed to pull a goods train.
10 10 "James and the Express"
"A Proud Day for James"
David Mitton James the Red Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
7 October 1984
James is honoured when he is given the job of pulling the express.
11 11 "Thomas and the Guard"
"Thomas and the Conductor"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
By Rev. W. Awdry
9 October 1984
Thomas forgets his guard at the junction.
12 12 "Thomas Goes Fishing" David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
By Rev. W. Awdry
12 October 1984
Thomas wants to fish after seeing people fishing, but the other engines say that engines do not fish. The next day, Thomas needs a drink, but the water tower is out of order, so Thomas' crew decides to get water from the river. However, there is a consequence...
13 13 "Thomas, Terence and the Snow"
"Terence the Tractor"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
By Rev. W. Awdry
15 October 1984
Thomas meets Terence the tractor and says his wheels are ugly. Terence explains that they are caterpillar tracks, and he can go "anywhere", which comes in handy during the winter when Thomas gets stuck in the snow.
14 14 "Thomas and Bertie"
"Thomas and Bertie's Great Race"
David Mitton Tank Engine Thomas Again
By Rev. W. Awdry
20 October 1984
Thomas stops at a signal near the bus depot, and meets a bus named Bertie. Bertie reminds Thomas of the time he took his passengers after he got stuck in the snow and Terence came to pull him out, and Thomas gets jealous. He challenges Bertie to a race.
15 15 "Tenders and Turntables" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
21 October 1984
Gordon and James have turntable trouble.
16 16 "Trouble in the Shed" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
24 October 1984
Gordon, James and Henry go on strike, so The Fat Controller buys a tank engine named Percy to help.
17 17 "Percy Runs Away" David Mitton Troublesome Engines
By Rev. W. Awdry
26 October 1984
Percy is startled by Gordon and runs away without his driver.
18 18 "Coal"
"Henry's Special Coal"
David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
28 October 1984
Henry is sick and needs special Welsh coal.
19 19 "The Flying Kipper" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
31 October 1984
Henry has a nasty accident whilst pulling "The Flying Kipper".
20 20 "Whistles and Sneezes" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
3 November 1984
Gordon has problems with his whistle, whilst Henry pays out some boys for dropping stones on him.
21 21 "Toby and the Stout Gentleman"
"Toby the Tram Engine"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
6 November 1984
Toby is a tram engine who works on his own little line. He is happy there with his coach Henrietta, but is quickly running out of work, being replaced by cars, lorries and buses. Soon, he is only carrying a few passengers and shunting few trucks.
22 22 "Thomas in Trouble"
"Thomas Breaks the Rules"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
9 November 1984
Thomas gets in trouble with a policeman for not having a cowcatcher or sideplates. When The Fat Controller hears about it, he buys Toby who brings Henrietta with him.
23 23 "Dirty Objects"
"James in a Mess"
David Mitton Toby the Tram Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
12 November 1984
James gets covered in tar after ironically teasing Toby for being dirty.
24 24 "Off the Rails"
"Gordon Takes a Dip"
David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
19 November 1984
Gordon's stubbornness results in him falling into a ditch.
25 25 "Down the Mine" David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
By Rev. W. Awdry
23 November 1984
Thomas falls down a mine and only a disgraced Gordon can help.
26 26 "Thomas' Christmas Party" David Mitton Thomas' Christmas Party
By Rev. W. Awdry
25 December 1984
It is Christmas on the Island of Sodor. All the engines are busy with passengers and parcels, especially Thomas and Toby. Thomas likes it when he passes Mrs. Kyndley's house while working, and she always waves to him. Thomas says it would not be Christmas without Mrs. Kyndley, and then goes to the shed to discuss to the other engines about throwing a Christmas party for her.

Characters introduced[edit]

Note that since this is the first series of the TV series, all characters featured in the series were "introduced" in some way.

References[edit]