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Netflix had previously streamed select Thomas & Friends content on their platform (mainly online video packages and direct-to-video specials) before it was pulled in 2017 in favour of being broadcast on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon.
In February 2020, Mattel made a deal with Netflix, ending the Nickelodeon deal back in December 2019, to stream Thomas & Friends in the US starting with Series 23 on 15 March 2020, and followed by the Series 24 specials in May. The remaining Series 24 episodes were released in 1 September 2020. Although it will stream the 2021 reboot in addition to the two series, Mattel has also announced that Cartoon Network has acquired the US broadcast rights for the reboot.
Thomas & Friends is also available on Netflix in many other countries.
- Netflix was originally going to stream Series 22 in the US along with Prime Video and Hulu, but ultimately, Nickelodeon opted to air the series. After Nickelodeon's broadcasting rights had expired, Series 23 became the first series streamed on Netflix.
- When Series 23 was initially released on US services, it was incorrectly stated to be Series 20 before being amended shortly after. The special episodes are shown separately.
- In Canada, Steam Team to the Rescue was not initially released alongside the rest of Series 23. It was eventually released on 4 September 2020.
- In Australia, Netflix previously streamed Series 11.