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PBS (or The Public Broadcasting Service) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor made up of more than 350 member television stations. PBS is an independently operated non-profit organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, US.

It aired Shining Time Station (starting on 29 January 1989), along with other kids shows during the PTV Park era in the mid-'90s. Its primary fundraiser is the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It began airing Thomas & Friends in its normal form under the PBS Kids banner on September 5, 2004 using the airings from Nick Jr. in the UK, redubbing it with Michael Brandon's narration and starting the airings with pairings featuring two episodes from Series 8 with a Series 7 episode in between. Thomas & Friends then aired on PBS in the United States on weekends with new episodes on Saturdays. In 2011, Thomas & Friends started appearing more often on weekdays. On May 15, 2013, PBS Kids announced that Thomas & Friends would move to the daily schedule on weekdays, which started on October 7, 2013 when Series 17 premiered, due to an increase in ratings of nearly 110 million households. The model episodes stopped airing on September 13, 2013, in favor of the CGI Series. A microsite was added on the PBS Kids website as well. An underwriting spot was added on September 21, 2013 with then-narrator of Thomas & FriendsMark Moraghan, announcing it replacing the Rev W Awdry's Letter segment and the Welcome to the Island of Sodor opening.

On January 16, 2017, PBS launched a brand new 24/7/365 channel, called PBS Kids Channel. Thomas & Friends aired in a daily hour-long slot at 11 am ET/PT and 10 am Central.

Starting on December 15, 2017, Thomas & Friends aired on Nickelodeon for a limited time, but on December 19, 2017, the PBS Kids website was removed. The Thomas & Friends partnership with PBS ended on December 31, 2017, it began airing a full time on Nick Jr. starting on March 12, 2018.


  • On February 10, 2018, a Thomas & Friends promo from the CGI Series aired on a PBS Station by accident which promoted Thomas & Friends on the PBS Kids block, despite the series' partnership with PBS being expired by the time the promo aired. The same thing also happened in 2021 on PBS affiliate KLCS DT2. Thomas and footage from the show can also still be seen on a few promos for PBS which have not been updated.
  • During the airings for the Series 19 episodes, PBS had mistaken a few Series 18 episodes as part of it on an advertisement for the episodes' airings.
  • Journey Beyond Sodor was the last special of the series to be broadcasted on PBS.

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