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Series 22 of Thomas & Friends started airing on 3rd September 2018 in the UK and on 17th September 2018 in the US.

Production

Series 22 marks the first major "reboot" of the franchise since the show switched to full CGI in the thirteenth series. The episodes keep their eleven minute-long runtime, but are now broken into seven minute-long stories, with an additional four minutes reserved for a variety of segments like sing-along karaoke songs, music videos or Thomas talking directly with the audience about lessons learned during a particular episode. Among many other changes, Edward and Henry were removed from the Steam Team to make room for Nia and Rebecca, while Toby has also been quietly dropped, and the narrator has been replaced with Thomas in a first person perspective, while introducing the episode plots at the beginning. Despite this, Mark Moraghan has said that he will still work on the series. In School of Duck, he voiced an old coach named Dexter who was converted into a school classroom.

Series 22 is set after Big World! Big Adventures! The series is split into two halves; one half sees Thomas travelling around the world and visiting China, India and Australia, while the second half takes place back on the Island of Sodor.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
NumberOneEnginepromoNumber One EngineDavey Moore3rd September 2018#01
Thomas gets into trouble when racing with Hong-Mei, another blue, number one tank engine.
ForeverandEverpromoForever and EverAndrew Brenner4th September 2018#02
Gordon has a tantrum about all the changes the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt made to the railway.
ConfusionWithoutDelaypromoConfusion Without DelayDavey Moore5th September 2018#03
Rebecca, a big new tender engine, comes to the Island of Sodor, and works so hard not to be late, that she keeps leaving stations too early.
TrustyTrunkypromoTrusty TrunkyBecky Overton6th September 2018#04
Thomas is very surprised when an elephant comes to his rescue.
WhatRebeccaDoespromoWhat Rebecca DoesDavey Moore7th September 2018#05
Rebecca is worried that, unlike the other engines, there is nothing special about her.
ThomasGoestoBollywoodpromoThomas Goes to BollywoodBecky Overton10th September 2018#06
When an action movie is filmed on the Indian railway, Thomas is desperate to be involved.
ThomasintheWildpromoThomas in the WildDavey Moore11th September 2018#07
Thomas is excited about taking a film crew to a nature reserve, but gets distracted in finding a giant panda in the wild.
ThomasandtheMonkeyPalacepromoThomas and the Monkey PalaceBecky Overton12th September 2018#08
Thomas is pulling a truckload of coconuts when he encounters some cheeky monkeys.
AnEngineofManyColorspromoAn Engine of Many ColoursMichael White13th September 2018#09
After a crash, James is waiting at the Steamworks to be repaired. He hears that there might not be enough red paint to repaint him and gets worried he will be repainted a different colour/color.
OutbackThomaspromoOutback ThomasTim Bain14th September 2018#10
Thomas sees Shane taking passengers on an outback adventure and is impressed by Shane's showmanship - and decides to do it himself.
SchoolofDuckpromoSchool of DuckLee Pressman17th September 2018#11
When a storm destroys a classroom at Harwick School, Duck tries to find a coach to take the children in.
TigerTroublepromoTiger TroubleBecky Overton18th September 2018#12
When Thomas learns that tourists come to India to try to see tigers, he wants to see tigers too.
SeeingisBelievingpromoSeeing is BelievingAndrew Brenner19th September 2018#13
Thomas's friend Merlin comes to Sodor from the Mainland for the first time, and Percy wants to see him.
ApologyImpossiblepromoApology ImpossibleBecky Overton20th September 2018#14
Philip learns that sometimes even the smallest engine's actions can make them the bigger engine.
TheWaterWheel(episode)promoThe Water WheelDavey Moore21st September 2018#15
Thomas thinks he has been given a very silly cargo until Hong-Mei explains that it is a very important water wheel, made from bamboo.
SamsonandtheFireworkspromoSamson and the FireworksLee Pressman5th November 2018#16
Samson is terrified of fireworks, and when he mistakes the sound of a warning detonator for fireworks, he is so frightened that he races off into the fog and gets lost.
RunawayTruckpromoRunaway TruckDavey Moore3rd December 2018#17
Thomas tries to save an accident-prone truck who is racing down the tracks.
Thomas'AnimalArkpromoThomas' Animal ArkLee Pressman10th December 2018#18
It's Christmas and the boiler at the Animal Park breaks down, so Thomas needs to find a way to keep the animals warm.
CycloneThomasPromoCyclone ThomasTim Bain17th December 2018#19
Thomas wants to be just like Isla, a Flying Doctor's plane, who transports Dr Claire to remote places where it is hard for patients to get to hospitals or doctors for treatment.
KangarooChristmaspromoKangaroo ChristmasTim Bain22nd December 2018#20
Thomas is in Australia for Christmas, and is disappointed that it is different from Sodor. But in the meantime, he must help a little girl retrieve her toy kangaroo from a real one.
ThomasandtheDragonpromoThomas and the DragonDavey Moore5th February 2019#21
Thomas is terrified when he is given the honour/honor of bringing a dragon to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
RosieisRedpromoRosie is RedDavey Moore14th February 2019#22
After the engines tease Thomas that Rosie is his "special friend", he acts rudely towards her.
TheCaseofthePuzzlingPartspromoThe Case of the Puzzling PartsDavey Moore18th February 2019#23
Sidney is shunting a flatbed of engine parts, but he cannot remember what he is supposed to be doing with them. Paxton thinks this sounds like a kind of mystery that can only be solved by a Special Agent.
BanjoandtheBushfireBanjo and the BushfireTim Bain19th February 2019#24
Thomas offers a lift to a ranger while working in the Australian Rain Forest. Thomas is excited to learn from her about all the animals that live there, but he is too loud and impatient to be very useful.
CountingonNiapromoCounting on NiaLee Pressman20th February 2019#25
Nia is a really clever engine and knows about all sorts of things, but when the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt asks her to take Thomas' coaches, Annie and Clarabel and pick up passengers from Knapford Station, Nia has great trouble finding the right platform.
HuntTheTruckPromoHunt the TruckMichael WhiteChristmas 2019#26
Bill and Ben's latest game consists of hiding trucks and making other engines hunt for them.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Cast

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US and CAN

Trivia

  • This series marks the first of several things:
    • The first series to use the new intro, credits and Set Friendship in Motion as an intro song.
    • The first series to feature the newly updated Engine Roll Call.
    • The first series to feature Thomas as the narrator. Because of this:
      • This is the first series since the sixteenth to have a different narrator in both the UK and US dubs.
      • This is the first production since Thomas and the Magic Railroad to have a first-person narrative.
    • The first series to feature the new Steam Team - Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Emily, Nia and Rebecca.
    • The first series not to have Edward, Henry and Toby as part of the main cast. However despite this, Edward speaks in every episode he appears in this series (not counting a stock footage cameo in Kangaroo Christmas) and Toby was also part of the Steam Team in the newly updated Engine Roll Call.
    • The first series since the eleventh to have Rosie speak in more than one episode.
    • The first series in which Dart appears, but without Den.
    • The first series in which Rasmus Hardiker and Matt Wilkinson voice Bill and Ben since Jonathan Broadbent's departure from the series.
    • The first series since the twelfth to have seven minute long episode story segments.
    • Flying Scotsman's first appearance in an episode since the third series and his first speaking role in an episode.
    • Ashima, Rajiv, Shane, Yong Bao, Merlin, Nia, The Chinese Diesel, Shankar and Charubala's first appearances in an episode.
    • Rajiv, Shane, Shankar and Charubala's first speaking roles in the franchise.
    • Cyril the Fogman's first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first time the Aquarium Trucks appear in the CGI Series.
    • The first series to feature Learn with Thomas segments at the end of every episode.
    • The first series to have episodes written by Michael White and Tim Bain. It is also the first series to have episodes written by Becky Overton since the nineteenth series.
    • The first series not to receive any DVD releases in the United States.
  • This is the only series for five things:
    • The only series to date in which Stephen, Ryan, Duncan, Millie, Bert, Rex and Sir Robert Norramby appear, but do not speak since their introductions.
    • The only series to date in which Glynn, Mavis, Norman, Stafford and Fergus Duncan do not appear since their debuts. However, Stafford still appears in the newly updated Engine Roll Call.
    • The only series to date in which Terence, Bulgy and Farmer Finney do not appear since their returns in the twenty-first series respectively. However, Terence's caterpillar treads do appear in Dexter's fantasy scene in School of Duck.
    • The only series to date since they joined the voice cast in King of the Railway not to have Mike Grady and Miranda Raison as part of the cast. It is also the only series to date since he joined the voice cast in the eighteenth series not to have Joe Mills as part of the cast.
  • This is the final series of a couple of things:
  • Although they did not appear in the main episodes and only appeared in the end segments, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Connor, Caitlin, Timothy, Ryan, Iron 'Arry, Iron Bert, Den, Hugo, Flynn, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Millie, Rusty, Bert, Rex, Mike, Toad, Bertie, Harold, Alfie, Oliver the Excavator, Max and Monty all appear in stock footage of several episodes:
    • Hugo makes a stock footage appearance in Forever and Ever.
    • Oliver, Toad, Alfie, Oliver the Excavator and the Ffarquhar Policeman make stock footage appearances in Trusty Trunky.
    • Ryan makes two stock footage cameos in Trusty Trunky and Kangaroo Christmas.
    • Rheneas, Sir Handel and Rusty make stock footage cameos in Tiger Trouble.
    • Bertie makes a stock footage cameo in Seeing is Believing.
    • Millie makes three stock footage appearances in The Water Wheel, Thomas and the Dragon, and Rosie is Red.
    • Caitlin makes a stock footage appearance in Cyclone Thomas.
    • Connor, Bert, Rex, Mike and Harold make stock footage appearances in Kangaroo Christmas.
    • Timothy makes a stock footage appearance in The Case of the Puzzling Parts.
    • Den makes two stock footage cameos in Hunt the Truck and Counting on Nia.
    • Max and Monty make stock footage appearances in Hunt the Truck.
    • Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert make stock footage cameos in Banjo and the Bushfire.
    • Donald and Douglas make stock footage cameos in Counting on Nia.
  • Tina Desai and Hugh Bonneville return to the voice cast.
  • Nikhil Parmar, Siu-see Hung, Windson Liong, Sheena Bhattessa, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rose Robinson, Genevieve McCarthy, Tim Bain, Tariro Mavondo, Shane Jacobson, Jass Patel, Jessica Hann, Charlie Barnard, Mia Hope Gaywood, Holly Hazelton, Innis Robertson-Pinnell and Damon Denton-Snape join the voice cast.
  • This series introduced a new sequence used at least once in almost every episode, featuring an engine backing up to the selected rolling stock and a close-up of their couplings being hooked, followed by a close-up of their whistle being blown (horns for diesels and a bell if they have one) before the start of the main plot.
  • The mist surrounding the frame in the fantasy sequences is very similar to classic cartoon thought bubbles. Depending on who is having the fantasy, it is white for steam engines (and rolling stock) and black for diesels.
  • Emily is the only current Steam Team member to not get a starring role this series.
  • Apart from Thomas reading the titles aloud and talking directly to the audience before and after the stories, Forever and Ever, What Rebecca Does and Apology Impossible are the only episodes this series to not feature narration.
  • China is the most featured foreign country this series, appearing in five episodes, while Australia and India were each featured in four episodes.
  • Yong Bao and Rajiv are the only returning characters from The Great Race to appear in every episode of the series set in their respective country. Ashima and Shane were only featured in three out of the four episodes for their respective countries.

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