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Series 23 of Thomas & Friends began airing on 18th May 2019 in the US and 2nd September 2019 in the UK.


Mattel green-lit a new series and several specials for Thomas & Friends that premiered in 2019. Production began on the twenty-third series which consisted of 20 x 11-minute episodes as well as two stories split between three 22-minute specials (one stand-alone and the other a two-parter) following the recent revamp of the series.

The series is once again split into two halves: one half with Thomas travelling around the world and one half taking place on the Island of Sodor. Along with more episodes set in the previously visited China, India, and Australia, Thomas also visited two more countries, Italy and Brazil.

At the end of 2019, Mattel ended the new deal with Nickelodeon for the show's airing rights, and the series was then streamed on Netflix the following year for the franchise's foreseeable future. It is currently unknown when will the Thomas & Friends franchise in the US will be broadcasting on American television again on a different US channel.


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
FreetheRoadspromoFree the RoadsMichael White2nd September 2019#01
Bulgy thinks that all passengers should travel by bus and not rail until he learns that having so many passengers is not easy for the buses on their own.
CrowningAroundPromo2Crowning AroundCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson3rd September 2019#02
Rajiv learns that he can be really useful with or without his crown.
ChucklesomeTrucksPromoChucklesome TrucksDavey Moore4th September 2019#03
Rebecca defies expectations from Thomas, Percy & James when she works with the Troublesome Trucks and has a very amusing day.
TheOtherBigEnginepromo2The Other Big EngineDavey Moore5th September 2019#04
Thomas meets another big blue engine that reminds him of Gordon on his first day in Brazil.
HeartofGoldpromo3Heart of GoldMichael White6th September 2019#05
Toby does not feel useful working at Ulfstead Castle but soon proves some rude passengers wrong when he saves the crown.
Batucadapromo2BatucadaDavey Moore9th September 2019#06
Thomas finds a way to take part in the Brazilian carnival music.
GordonGetstheGiggles3Gordon Gets the GigglesBecky Overton10th September 2019#07
Gordon becomes worried when he gets a serious case of the giggles.
ThomasMakesaMistakepromoThomas Makes a MistakeCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson11th September 2019#08
Thomas causes confusion and delay by not seeking help when he makes mistakes on the Indian Railway.
DieselDoRightpromoDiesel Do RightDavey Moore12th September 2019#09
Diesel plays a trick on Rebecca to try to get the other diesels in trouble for a change.
GrudgeMatchpromoGrudge MatchDavey Moore13th September 2019#10
Raul wants to beat Thomas in a game, but his competitive nature soon gets him into trouble.
PanickyPercyPromoPanicky PercyCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson16th December 2019#11
Percy causes confusion and delay by panicking when he thinks Thomas had an accident.
LaidBackShanepromoLaid Back ShaneCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson4th May 2020#12
Shane has too much fun to stop and refuel until he runs out of coal and gets stranded on the Australian Railway.
RangersoftheRailspromoRangers of the RailsDavey Moore5th May 2020#13
Emily takes the Sodor Rangers camping but gets derailed, but also spends the night with Nia during her accident.
WishYouWereHerepromoWish You Were HereCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson6th May 2020#14
Thomas misses Percy while working on the Chinese Railway.
OutofSitepromoOut of SiteMichael White7th May 2020#15
Brenda learns that it is important to work as a team and not just care about her own jobs.
FirstDayonSodorpromoFirst Day on Sodor!Becky Overton11th May 2020#16
Darcy makes some mistakes on her first day, but she soon makes up for it when everyone sees what she can really do.
LorenzosSolopromoLorenzo's SoloBecky Overton12th May 2020#17
Lorenzo gets lost when he leaves Beppe behind to take Dame Bella Canto to a concert alone.
DeepTroublePromoDeep TroubleMichael White13th May 2020#18
Monty's antics on a construction site get him into trouble.
TooLoudThomaspromoToo Loud, Thomas!Becky Overton14th May 2020#19
Thomas attempts to sing opera and loses his voice, when he must pass on a message.
DieselGlowsAwaypromoDiesel Glows AwayDavey Moore15th May 2020#20
When Diesel hides from the other engines, his plans backfire and he gets a surprise.

Double-length episodes

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US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
SteamTeamtotheRescuePromoSteam Team to the RescueDavey Moore19th October 2019Special #01
The Steam Team must work overtime to unload cargo from the docks when a series of accidents put all of the diesel engines out of action and Percy is stuck working on his own.
AllTracksLeadtoRomepromoAll Tracks Lead to RomeBecky Overton21st December 2019Special #02
Thomas is keen to prove to his new friend Gina that he is an expert in all things Italian, until he gets lost down an old mine on his first day in Italy.
MinesofMysterypromoMines of MysteryBecky Overton22nd December 2019Special #03
Thomas wants to impress his friends by finding an amazing discovery. It is not long before his wish is granted, although not in the way he had expected.


Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
Lorenzo'sSong1Legend of the Lost EngineIan McCue
Chris Renshaw
2nd September 2019
It was a long time ago
In the heart of Italy...
OutofSite94The Sodor Construction CrewEggplant LF7th October 2019 (UK; DVD)
We're the Sodor Construction Crew
We dig and discover, that's what we do...
SteamTeamtotheRescue168Don't StopKevin Roberge
Carl Taylor
Noah Berg
19th October 2019 (UK)
Don't stop, keep on moving!
Steam's hot, it keeps us cruising!...


Characters Introduced


UK, AUS and NZ

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward and Toby
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Kevin, Harold and Max
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Stanley, Flynn, Owen, Monty, Big Mickey, the Road Finisher, the Knapford Stationmaster and a Thief
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy, the Troublesome Trucks and a Passenger
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily and Caitlin
  • Matt Wilkinson as Winston and the Wellsworth Stationmaster
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Dart, Peter Sam, Paxton and a Boy
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Tina Desai as Ashima and the Fashion Designer
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv, the Indian Troublesome Trucks and the Grumpy and Friendly Stationmasters
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar
  • Federico Trujillo as Raul, a Batucada Player and a Workman
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Teresa Gallagher as Brenda, Belle, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Teacher, Albert's Wife, Annie and Clarabel
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden, Some Passengers and the Australian Railway Workmen
  • Tim Whitnall as Oliver the Excavator
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy
  • David Menkin as Jack and Porter
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Tom Stourton as Terence and Alfie
  • Lucy Montgomery as Carly
  • Keith Wickham as Bertie, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Skarloey, Captain, Den, the Grumpy Passenger, a Passenger, a Boy, Sir Topham Hatt and Mr. Bubbles
  • Monica Lopera as Gabriela
  • Gabriel Porras as the Crowd, Emerson and Fernando
  • Francisco Labbe as Gustavo and a Batucada Player
  • Laura Cucurullo as Cassia
  • Chipo Chung as Hong-Mei
  • Siu-see Hung as An An and a Passenger
  • Windson Liong as Yin-Long and a Passenger
  • Anna Francolini as Gina, the Children and the Passengers
  • Harriet Kershaw as Darcy, Jenny Packard and a Kangaroo
  • Vincenzo Nicoli as Lorenzo, Beppe, a Workman, Some Passengers and an Italian Farmer
  • Antonio Magro as Stefano, a Stationmaster and the Passengers
  • Montserrat Lombard as Mia and the Passengers
  • Flaminia Cinque as Ester and Dame Bella Canto
  • Ian McCue as a Thief


  • This series marks the last occurrences of a few things:
    • Andrew Brenner's final series as head writer and the second time he has not written any episodes for the series since he became head writer, the first time being of the twenty-first series, however, stock footage from the movies he wrote are included in Chucklesome Trucks, Laid Back Shane and Panicky Percy.
    • The last series to air on Nick Jr. in the US and the first series to be released on Netflix as of 15 March 2020.
    • The last series to be produced by Mattel Creations under their original name before their rename to Mattel Television starting with the double-length episodes making also the first series to be produced under the new aforementioned name.
    • The last series released in the 2010s.
    • The last series since the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand to have a fantasy sequence in every episode.
  • This series marks the first occurrences of several things:
    • The first series where Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Emily, Bertie and Bulgy all gain new, realistic details.
    • The first series in which where Porter, Carly and Philip only speak in one episode each. 
    • The first series since the eleventh series not to have a special/film released before it.
    • The first series since the seventh series where Edward speaks in only one episode.
    • The first series where Henry is not seen as part of the Steam Team in any way.
    • The first series in which The Chinese Diesel, Isla, Hannah and Dexter do not appear since their introductions.
    • The first series where Keith Wickham plays Mr. Bubbles in the US after Michael Brandon's departure.
    • The first series in which Victor, Duck and Kevin all appear in one episode each.
    • Jenny Packard's first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first series since his full body is shown in The Great Race where Flying Scotsman does not make a physical appearance.
    • Gator's first appearance in a series since the eighteenth series, albeit in a life lesson.
    • The first series where Paxton speaks in all of his appearances.
    • The first series since his introduction in the nineteenth series where Philip does not get an episode featuring him.
    • The first series to have specials since the nineteenth series two-part episode, Diesel's Ghostly Christmas.
    • Gina, Ace, Cassia, Emerson and Raul's first appearances in an episode, not counting the stock footage appearances of other international engines and The Mainland Diesels in the twenty-third series episode, Grudge Match.
    • The first series since the sixteenth series to have twenty episodes (not counting the double-length episodes).
    • Byron's first close mention since The Great Discovery.
    • Fernando's first speaking role in an episode and the first time he is referred to by name.
    • The first series since their introductions where Ryan, Judy and Jerome do not have speaking roles.
    • The first series since the nineteenth series where Rosie appears but does not speak, making this the first series since she joined the voice cast in the twenty-first series to not feature Nicola Stapleton.
    • The first series where Tom Stourton takes over for Alfie, as well for Rob Rackstraw taking over for Owen, replacing Nathan Clarke and Ben Small, respectively.
    • The first series where Thomas' friends from Sodor join him on his worldwide adventure: Percy in Thomas' fantasy sequence in Wish You Were Here and Jack, Alfie, Oliver, Max, Monty and Brenda in Mines of Mystery.
    • The first series where Edward and Henry do not get individual speaking roles, despite singing.
    • The first series since the CGI switchover, and the third series overall to not feature Spencer.
    • The first series since the thirteenth series not to have a Christmas episode and to have only one winter episode.
    • Excluding The Pack spinoff series, this is the first time in the main series since the sixth in which at least two episodes are dedicated to members of the Sodor Construction Crew (with a total of three).
    • The first series since he became the narrator in King of the Railway not to feature Mark Moraghan in any way.
    • The first series that has an episode with David Stoten as the head writer.
    • The first series to have songs sung by the characters.
    • The first series released in the 2020s in the US and the UK.
    • The first time the characters' names are credited with the voice actors to show who voiced which character and where the title "Featuring the voices of" is shown above the actors and character names, to which helps the audience deduce who voiced specifically the character or not.
  • This series marks the only occurrences of a few things:
    • The only series to date where Henrietta does not appear.
    • The only series to date where Tamika, Stephen, Daisy, and Skiff do not appear since their respective introductions, or reintroduction in Daisy's case.
    • The only series since gaining a new livery where Rosie appears, but does not speak.
    • The only series where the writer and director are shown at the same time, albeit the first to feature the ´´written by`` card in uppercase letters.
    • The only series in which Thomas does not have any lead roles in episodes taking place on Sodor.
  • This series marks both Edward and Emily's least number of appearances in a series to date, with Edward only appearing in two episodes and Emily only appearing in four.
  • James is the only current Steam Team member not to gain a starring role this series.
  • Harriet Kershaw, Federico Trujillo, Monica Lopera, Francisco Labbe, Laura Cucurullo, Anna Francolini, Vincenzo Nicoli, Antonio Magro, Flaminia Cinque and Montserrat Lombard join the voice cast.
  • Every male engine character from Brazil appears and speaks in only one episode of this series with the exception of Fernando, who appears in two but still only has one speaking appearance.
  • Following the series' revamp, this is the first series to include double-length special episodes, such as the Digs and Discoveries two-part story arc episodes and Steam Team to the Rescue, along with the regular length episodes as a replacement for the hour-long specials.
  • As a rare move, a good majority of the episodes premiered in the US before reaching a UK broadcast.
  • There are three episodes set in Brazil, two episodes and mini-specials set in Italy, two episodes in India and one episode each set in China and Australia, with the remaining eleven episodes and one mini-special taking place on Sodor.
  • In Japan, so far, only ten episodes aired from April to May 2020. It's unknown when the rest of the episodes from this series will air on TV due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


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