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The first series of Thomas and Friends started airing 25 in the US for Shining Time Station. George Carlin later narrated the entire series for the US.

Production

Every episode in Series 1 was based on a story by the Rev. W. Awdry, with the exception of an episode written by the staff, Thomas' Christmas Party, the book based on said episode being commissioned by the staff so as to have every episode in print form first. The stories were adapted for television by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton. The seven engines introduced in this series became the core of the cast in later series. The Pilot for the series was an adaptation of Down the Mine, which was remade entirely when the rest of the episodes were shot.

Episodes

  1. Thomas Gets Tricked
  2. Edward Helps Out
  3. Come Out, Henry!
  4. Henry to the Rescue
  5. A Big Day for Thomas
  6. Trouble for Thomas
  7. Thomas Saves the Day
  8. James Learns a Lesson
  9. Foolish Freight Cars
  10. A Proud Day for James
  11. Thomas and the Conductor
  12. Thomas Goes Fishing
  13. Thomas, Terence and the Snow
  14. Thomas and Bertie's Great Race
  15. Tenders and Turntables
  16. Trouble in the Shed
  17. Percy Runs Away
  18. Henry's Special Coal
  19. The Flying Kipper
  20. Whistles and Sneezes
  21. Toby the Tram Engine
  22. Thomas Breaks the Rules
  23. James in a Mess
  24. Gordon Takes a Dip
  25. Down the Mine
  26. Thomas' Christmas Party

Characters

Characters Introduced

  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Henrietta
  • Troublesome Trucks
  • Terence
  • Bertie
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Mrs. Kyndley
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Engine Inspector
  • The Little Boys
  • The Ffarquhar Policeman
  • The Butler
  • The Knapford Stationmaster
  • The Signalman
  • The Stone-dropping Boys
  • Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
  • The Storyteller (not named)
  • Some Workmen (do not speak)
  • Lady Hatt (not named; does not speak)
  • Percy's Workshop Friends (wheels and buffers only; do not speak)
  • Märklin Engine (cameo)
  • Farmer Finney (cameo)
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster (cameo)
  • Earnest (portrait cameo)
  • The Green Bus (indirectly mentioned)

Trivia

  • Most of the series' scripts were partially edited for the US versions.
  • This was the only series for several things:
  • The only series to have its released in the US.
  • The only series where lead was used to create the human characters. From the second to eleventh series, all human characters were made from resin, so they could move around more easily.
  • The only series where the trucks have their faces embedded in their bodies. From the second to eleventh series, the trucks have moulded faces, although some first series style trucks appeared in some of these episodes.
  • The only series to date not to feature any diesel engines, as they would not be introduced until the next series.
  • The only series filmed at Clapham Junction and Clearwater Studios Battersea instead of Shepperton Studios.
  • Four pairings were repeated on Mondays from 30th July-20th August 1990.
  • The final sets made for the filming of this series were the ones involving Toby's Old Tramway.
  • Which also explains why the majority of Series 1 promotional images take place here.
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