Thomas & Friends® has sparked the imagination of young children for generations. The enduring and classic animated series is based on the much-loved books by Reverend W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine™ to entertain his young son, Christopher, when he was in bed with the measles. The series features Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the “#1” on his side, and a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas’ world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work, and a desire to be “really useful.”
Each episode features two animated stories, a live-action segment and a music video designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures on the Island of Sodor and beyond, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship. For more about the Thomas & Friends educational framework, see Learning Goals.