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The seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends first premiered on DVD in April 2013 in the US before airing on television. It premiered in the UK on 3 June 2013 and in the US on 7 October 2013. This series ran for twenty-six episodes, all of which were narrated by narrator, Mark Moraghan.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Kevin'sCrankyFriendpromoKevin's Cranky FriendLee Pressman3 June 2013#01
Kevin is sent to the docks to help Cranky, but Cranky believes he doesn't need any help.
Scruff'sMakeoverpromoScruff's MakeoverLee Pressman4 June 2013#02
After being repainted, Scruff refuses to work at Whiff's waste dump and searches for a new job to do.
WaywardWinstonpromoWayward WinstonLee Pressman5 June 2013#03
Winston leaves Sir Topham Hatt behind and goes off driver-less.
GordonRunsDrypromoGordon Runs DryAndrew Brenner6 June 2013#04
A rock hits Gordon's boiler, causing him to have to refill with water too regularly.
CalmDownCaitlinpromoCalm Down CaitlinDavey Moore7 June 2013#05
Caitlin spends the night on Sodor volunteering to do the other engines' jobs.
SteamieStaffordpromoSteamie StaffordLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
10 June 2013#06
Stafford wants to make sounds like a steam engine.
Henry'sHeropromoHenry's HeroLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
11 June 2013#07
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal while delivering a heavy goods train.
Luke'sNewFriendpromoLuke's New FriendDavey Moore12 June 2013#08
Luke makes friends with a young deer in the quarry.
TheSwitchpromoThe SwitchDavey Moore13 June 2013#09
Luke and Millie swap jobs at the castle and the quarry.
NotNowCharliepromoNot Now, Charlie!Davey Moore14 June 2013#10
Nobody believes Charlie when he spots an elephant on the track.
TheLostPuffpromoThe Lost PuffDavey Moore30 September 2013#11
Paxton searches the island for Thomas' "lost puff."
TheThomasWayPromo2The Thomas WayLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
1 October 2013#12
Duck and Thomas have to take Harold to the Search and Rescue Centre to be repaired.
ThePhantomExpresspromoThe Phantom ExpressLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
2 October 2013#13
James scares Percy and Stephen with a spooky tale.
Percy'sLuckyDaypromoPercy's Lucky DayDavey Moore3 October 2013#14
Percy feels unlucky, so Stephen gives him his lucky horseshoe.
BillorBenpromoBill or Ben?Andrew Brenner4 October 2013#15
Bill and Ben get back at Connor for going too fast.
TooManyFireEnginespromoToo Many Fire EnginesAndrew Brenner5 November 2013#16
The amount of fire engines needed on Sodor is questioned.
NoSnowforThomaspromoNo Snow for ThomasLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
23 December 2013#17
Thomas hides his snowplough, but then has to stay in the shed all day.
Santa'sLittleEnginepromoSanta's Little EngineAndrew Brenner24 December 2013#18
Sir Topham Hatt has to play Santa Claus for the Earl's Christmas Party.
TheMissingChristmasDecorationspromoThe Missing Christmas DecorationsAndrew Brenner25 December 2013#19
Diesel 10 steals the steam engines' Christmas decorations for the Dieselworks.
TheFrozenTurntablepromoThe Frozen TurntableAndrew Brenner26 December 2013#20
The turntable at the sheds freezes, so the engines have to find other places to sleep.
AwayFromtheSeapromoAway From the SeaAndrew Brenner5 July 2014#21
Salty thinks he will be replaced at the docks by a new engine, Porter.
GoneFishing(episode)promoGone FishingAndrew Brenner5 July 2014#22
Harvey has to take a train to Vicarstown, something he does not normally do.
TheAfternoonTeaExpresspromoThe Afternoon Tea ExpressLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
6 July 2014#23
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.
TheSmellyKipperpromoThe Smelly KipperAndrew Brenner6 July 2014#24
Henry challenges James to pull the Flying Kipper.
NoMoreMrNiceEnginepromoNo More Mr. Nice EngineLaura Beaumont
Paul Larson
21 November 2014#25
Diesel tries to get Hiro to misbehave with the trucks.
Thomas'ShortcutpromoThomas' ShortcutAndrew Brenner21 November 2014#26
Bertie is re-routed, so Thomas tries to find his own shortcut.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Look and Listen

Fire and Water

Just Be Yourself

Someone to Look Up To

  • Kevin's Cranky Friend
  • Song: Searching Everywhere
  • Henry's Hero

Peace and Quiet

  • Calm Down Caitlin
  • Song: Working Together
  • Luke's New Friend

Taking Turns

  • The Thomas Way
  • It's Gonna be a Great Day
  • Mr. Perkins Railway (In some areas)
  • Thomas' Preparation for Macy's Parade
  • The Switch

Spooky Charms

  • The Phantom Express
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Percy's Lucky Day

Tricks and Tales

  • Bill or Ben?
  • Song: Hey Hey Thomas!
  • Not Now Charlie!

Snow Stops Play

  • No Snow for Thomas
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • The Frozen Turntable

Tinsel and Trains

  • The Missing Christmas Decorations
  • Song: On a Journey Today
  • Santa's Little Engine

Sea and Sand

Food to Go

  • The Afternoon Tea Express
  • Go, Go Thomas (Series 16 ver)
  • The Smelly Kipper

Take it Easy

  • No More Mr. Nice Engine
  • Song: Go Go Thomas! (Series 16 ver)
  • Thomas' Shortcut

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

US and CAN

Trivia

  • This series marks the first for numerous things:
    • Andrew Brenner's first series as head writer.
    • Mark Moraghan's first series as narrator.
    • The first series since the second series to have the same narrator for both the UK and US.
    • The first series to have a different episode order in Australia than the UK and US.
    • The first series animated by Arc Productions.
    • The first series to credit the writers on the episode title cards.
    • The first series since the twelfth series not to feature anyone from the Steam Team in every episode.
    • The first series of the CGI series to not have the engines' whistles bulge up and down when operated.
    • The first series since the eleventh series to have 26 episodes. However, it was initially going to have 20 episodes when in the middle of programming.
    • The first series since the fifth series to have a railway consultant.
    • The first series since the fourth series dubbed in Ukrainian.
    • The first series since the fourth series to start airing in one year, and finish in another.
    • The first series to feature episodes written by Davey Moore and Laura Beaumont.
    • The first series since the seventh series to have episodes written by Lee Pressman, and the first since the twelfth series to have episodes written by Paul Larson, though all of them are co-written with Laura Beaumont.
    • The first series produced by a separate production team from that producing the series's special.
    • Duck, Bill, Ben and Harvey's first appearances in full CGI.
    • Kellsthorpe Road and Dryaw's first appearances in full CGI.
    • The first series to have David Bedella as Victor in the UK version as the executives decided that Matt Wilkinson's voice for the character is not as strong as David's.
    • The first series to feature Steven Kynman as Butch in the US.
    • The first time Sidney appears in an episode.
    • The first and only time to date where Diesel 10 appears in an episode.
    • The first series to feature Keith Wickham as Bertie and Norman and Steven Kynman as Dart.
    • The first series to have Bob Golding, Rebecca O'Mara, Jonathan Forbes, Miranda Raison, Mike Grady, David Menkin, and Jonathan Broadbent as part of the voice cast.
    • The first series where all the Steam Team have lamps and tail-lamps as they were requested to be added by Sam Wilkinson.
    • The first series that Rosie does not speak in since her introduction in the tenth series.
    • The first series of the CGI series in which Thomas does not appear in every episode.
    • The first season produced by HiT Entertainment under ownership of Mattel.
    • The first series since his debut in Misty Island Rescue where Captain does not appear.
  • This is the only series to feature Ben Small as Flynn after Rupert Degas left the voice cast.
  • In the UK, this series was released in several stages across a two-year period rather than being aired all together:
    • The series premiered on 3 June 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from 30 September 2013. One episode aired on 5 November and four more aired in December.
    • The final six episodes went straight to DVD in March 2014.
    • Four of the final six episodes aired on 5-6 July 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on 21 November, 2014.
    • The entire series started airing on Cartoonito UK on Monday 3 December 2018. While being the last series to air on that channel.
  • In this series, Edward, Henry, Toby and Emily have minor roles and less speaking roles than the other main characters. They are demoted to extra until the eighteenth series. The series' main characters are Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy and Sir Topham Hatt.
  • This series contained the 400th episode of the television series, which was The Thomas Way.
  • This is the second series since the seventh series where Toby only speaks in one episode.
  • For the first several episodes of the series, PBS used an opening title from earlier series, with Michael Brandon listed as the narrator and Greg Tiernan listed as the director. The remainder of the episodes would feature the correct opening title, as would the initial episodes in subsequent airings.
  • This was also the last series of a couple of things as well:
    • The last episodic series to be in fullscreen 4:3 on DVD in the American version. But all except for the Spills and Thrills episodes from the US version of the DVD, and episodes such as Bill or Ben?, Too Many Fire Engines, The Phantom Express, Henry's Hero and Not Now Charlie as seen in widescreen 16:9 by the US version of Engines to the Rescue.
    • This was the last series in which all episodes have been dubbed into German. From the eighteenth series onwards, only episodes from a certain DVD have been dubbed.
    • The last series where Henrietta does not have a face. This is also the only series animated by Arc Productions that she does not have a face.
    • The last series in which all of the episodes were directed by the same person.
  • In Norway, this series was shown on the website TV 2 Sumo before airing on television.
  • The final eleven episodes of this series were released in Australia and Japan before their UK debuts.
  • Although Arc Productions had officially taken over the animation aspects of the television series, starting from this series, the episodes still used the opening titles and closing credits made by Nitrogen Studios which continued until the nineteenth series.

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