The BEST Episodes of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

Network: YouTube

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.

Cautious Connor

#1 - Cautious Connor

Season 20 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 6, 2017

Connor boasts of being a fast engine, but one day, he breaks down on the Island of Sodor and goes to the Steamworks to be repaired. Connor starts to get worried it will happen again if he goes too fast and after that, Connor starts to become the slowest engine on the island. They even start to worry that Connor would never go fast again.

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Andrew Brenner
Daisy's Perfect Christmas

#2 - Daisy's Perfect Christmas

Season 21 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 3, 2017

Daisy is sad when her Christmas doesn't go exactly as planned.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Davey Moore
Flour Power

#3 - Flour Power

Season 9 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 3, 2005

Thomas and Diesel have to collect flour, needed ready for the following day, from the Flour Mill. But tonight is Halloween, so Diesel decides to take advantage of this by trying to frighten little Thomas on their way to the Mill. Thomas, though, comes up with some surprises of his own…

star 9.22
36 votes
Directors: Steve Asquith
Writers: Abi Grant
Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks

#4 - Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks

Season 20 - Episode 19 - Aired Jun 8, 2017

One sunny day, the tracks buckle and bend and Dowager Hatt gives the Fat Controller a new hat, which everyone calls a safari hat. The Fat Controller gets sick of everyone teasing him and tries to find a way to get rid of it. Meanwhile, a piece of rubbish from Whiff's trucks falls out and lands on the ground causing a fire. Belle derails due to the buckled rails, meaning a solution has to be found.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Lee Pressman
Tit for Tat

#5 - Tit for Tat

Season 20 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 9, 2017

Based on the story of the same name from Small Railway Engines. Some visitors come to the island to take photos of engines. They visit the Arlesdale Railway and take pictures of the small engines, but Bert is cross that they will not take pictures of him. As they are driving, they spray Bert with mud and Bert wants to take revenge on them. He devises a plan by giving one of them a soaking ride.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Andrew Brenner
Forever and Ever

#6 - Forever and Ever

Season 22 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 4, 2018

With all the changes, Gordon is feeling a little blue. Luckily his new friend Nia is there to show him that not all change is bad.

star 9.00
2 votes
Confusion Without Delay

#7 - Confusion Without Delay

Season 22 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 5, 2018

A new engine named Rebecca arrives on Sodor, and not to feel inferior to the others, which are very fast, always starting early, because they are afraid of being late.

star 9.00
2 votes
Trusty Trunky

#8 - Trusty Trunky

Season 22 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 6, 2018

Thomas learns that elephants in India really can shunt trucks.

star 9.00
2 votes
Thomas Goes to Bollywood

#9 - Thomas Goes to Bollywood

Season 22 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 10, 2018

During his period of work on the Indian railway, Thomas attends the shooting of a Bollywood film.

star 9.00
2 votes
An Engine of Many Colours

#10 - An Engine of Many Colours

Season 22 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 13, 2018

James has a crash and hears there might not be enough red paint.

star 9.00
2 votes
Outback Thomas

#11 - Outback Thomas

Season 22 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 14, 2018

Thomas' tales get him lost in the outback.

star 9.00
2 votes
School of Duck

#12 - School of Duck

Season 22 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 17, 2018

Duck tries to find a new classroom for the schoolchildren of Harwick.

star 9.00
2 votes
Samson and the Fireworks

#13 - Samson and the Fireworks

Season 22 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 28, 2018

Soon there will be an annual fireworks show, which Samson is very scared of.

star 9.00
2 votes
Rosie is Red

#14 - Rosie is Red

Season 22 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 1, 2018

It's Valentine's Day, and Sir Topham organizes a surprise to Lady Hatt thanks to the unaware help of Rosie and Thomas.

star 9.00
2 votes
Thomas' Animal Ark

#15 - Thomas' Animal Ark

Season 22 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 2, 2018

It's Christmas Eve. The boiler that keeps the animals warm has broken, and the ship that carries the new one can not arrive because of bad weather.

star 9.00
2 votes
Runaway Engine

#16 - Runaway Engine

Season 21 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 22, 2017

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.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Helen Farrall
Bradford the Brake Van

#17 - Bradford the Brake Van

Season 20 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 9, 2016

The Troublesome Trucks are causing lots of trouble for poor Thomas. Samson's new brake van Bradford arrives from the Mainland and offers to keep them in order. He does so with skill and all of the engines want to travel with him. Things take a turn for the worse though as Bradford constantly urges the engines to strictly follow the rules, causing delays with their trains.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Lee Pressman
Ryan and Daisy

#18 - Ryan and Daisy

Season 20 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

The Fat Controller gives Ryan and Daisy new jobs, but Daisy does not feel like taking on the extra work. To get out of it, she manipulates Ryan into taking care of her new responsibilities. Ryan agrees, but has so many jobs at once that it results in confusion and delay.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Davey Moore
Hugo and the Airship

#19 - Hugo and the Airship

Season 20 - Episode 26 - Aired Jul 27, 2017

After word of an airship resembling Hugo spreads, Hugo feels he should be able to fly just like it. He gets some encouragement from Skiff and tries to take off into the sky like an airship on Gordon's Hill, like his non-rail aerial counterpart.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Andrew Brenner
No Snow for Thomas

#20 - No Snow for Thomas

Season 17 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 6, 2013

Thomas refuses to wear his snowplough and leaves it.

star 8.60
5 votes
Millie & The Volcano

#21 - Millie & The Volcano

Season 18 - Episode 26 - Aired Jul 31, 2015

Harvey and the new engine Samson are putting the dinosaur models in place for the Earl's new Dinosaur Park. One of the dinosaurs swings towards Millie and gives her a fright.

star 8.50
4 votes
Diesel's Ghostly Christmas Part 1

#22 - Diesel's Ghostly Christmas Part 1

Season 19 - Episode 19 - Aired Dec 26, 2016

Diesel is not a very helpful engine and, during the Christmas season, Thomas is determined to show him the errors of his ways. Over several days, Diesel is visited by 'ghostly engines.' They remind him of his past mistakes and show him the importance of helping others. When Diesel becomes derailed and fears the worst, he finally acknowledges the ghosts' Christmas message.

star 8.50
4 votes
Toby's New Friend

#23 - Toby's New Friend

Season 20 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 6, 2016

Philip sees Toby for the first time and is under the impression that Toby is a diesel boxcab. He tries to befriend him, but Toby finds him too overwhelming. Philip persists however, insisting they have a race to the quarry, believing that friends have to like all of the same things.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Andrew Brenner
Stuck in Gear

#24 - Stuck in Gear

Season 21 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 2017

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.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Davey Moore
Diesel Do Right

#25 - Diesel Do Right

Season 23 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 12, 2019

Diesel plays a trick on Rebecca to try to get the other engines in trouble for a change.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Dianna Basso
Writers: Davey Moore