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


Production

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 three 22-minute specials 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 will also visit two new countries, Italy and Brazil.

Mattel later ended the new deal with Nickelodeon for the show's airing rights, and the series was then streamed on Netflix for the franchise's future.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
FreetheRoadspromoFree the RoadsMichael White2 September 2019#01
Bulgy thinks that people should travel by bus instead of rail until he learns that having so many passengers is not easy for the buses on their own.
CrowningAroundPromo2Crowning AroundCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson3 September 2019#02
Rajiv learns that he can be really useful with or without his crown.
ChucklesomeTrucksPromoChucklesome TrucksDavey Moore4 September 2019#03
Rebecca defies expectations when she works with the Troublesome Trucks and has a very amusing day.
TheOtherBigEnginepromo2The Other Big EngineDavey Moore5 September 2019#04
Thomas meets another big blue engine in Brazil that reminds him of Gordon.
HeartofGoldpromo3Heart of GoldMichael White6 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 Moore9 September 2019#06
Thomas finds a way to take part in the Brazilian carnival music.
GordonGetstheGiggles3Gordon Gets the GigglesBecky Overton10 September 2019#07
Gordon becomes worried when he gets a serious case of the giggles.
ThomasMakesaMistakepromoThomas Makes a MistakeCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson11 September 2019#08
Thomas causes confusion and delay by not seeking help when he makes a mistake.
DieselDoRightpromoDiesel Do RightDavey Moore12 September 2019#09
Diesel plays a trick on Rebecca to try to get the other diesels in trouble for a change.
GrudgeMatchpromoGrudge MatchDavey Moore13 September 2019#10
Raul wants to beat Thomas in a game, but his competitive nature soon gets him into trouble.
PanickyPercyPromoPanicky PercyCamille Ucan & Rose Johnson16 December 2019#12
Percy causes confusion and delay by panicking over nothing.
LaidBackShanepromoLaid Back ShaneCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Shane has too much fun to stop and refuel until he runs out of coal and is stranded in the desert.
WishYouWereHerepromoWish You Were HereCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Thomas misses his best friend, Percy, while working on the Chinese railway.
DieselGlowsAwaypromoDiesel Glows AwayDavey MooreTBATBA
When Diesel hides from the other engines, his plans backfire and he gets a surprise.
OutofSitepromoOut of SiteMichael WhiteTBATBA
Brenda learns that it is important to work as a team and not just care about her own jobs.
FirstDayonSodorpromoFirst Day on Sodor!Becky OvertonTBATBA
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 OvertonTBATBA
Lorenzo gets lost when he leaves Beppe behind to take Dame Bella Canto to a concert alone.
TooLoudThomaspromoToo Loud, Thomas!Becky OvertonTBATBA
Thomas loses his voice and he must find a new way to pass on his message.
DeepTroublePromoDeep TroubleMichael WhiteTBATBA
Monty's antics on a construction site get him into trouble.
RangersoftheRailspromoRangers of the RailsDavey MooreTBATBA
Emily takes the Sodor Rangers camping but gets derailed.

Double-Length episodes

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US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
SteamTeamtotheRescuePromoSteam Team to the RescueDavey Moore19 October 2019#01
#11 (episodic order)
The steam engines must work overtime to unload cargo from the docks when a series of accidents put all of the diesel engines out of action.
AllTracksLeadtoRomepromoAll Tracks Lead to RomeBecky Overton21 December 2019#02
#13 (episodic order)
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.
MinesofMysterypromoMines of MysteryBecky Overton22 December 2019#03
#14 (episodic order)
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.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Cast

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 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 and Sir Topham Hatt
  • 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

Trivia

  • This series marks the last 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.
    • The last series to air on Nick Jr. in the US, and the first season to be aired on Netflix. This will happen in March 2020.
    • The last season to air on American television in the United States of America. Mainly due to online streaming becoming more common than television.
  • This series marks the first of several things:
    • The first series in which where Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Emily, Bertie and Bulgy all gain new, realistic details.
    • The first series in which where Henry is not seen as part of the Steam Team in any way.
    • The first series in which The Chinese Diesel, Isla, HannahDexter, and Skiff do not appear since their introductions.
    • The first series in which 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, albiet, in a life lesson.
    • The first series since her return in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure where Daisy does not appear.
    • The first series since his introduction in the ninteenth series where Philip does not get an episode about himself.   
    • The first series to have specials since 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 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 in which Edward and Henry do not get individual speaking roles, despite singing.
    • The first series since the CGI switchover to not feature Spencer.
    • This is also the first series since the thirteenth series not to have a Christmas episode and to have only one winter episode.
    • Excluding the 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.
  • This series marks the only of a few things:
    • The only series in date where Henrietta doesn't appear, as well as the only series in date where Stephen does not appear since his introduction in King of the Railway.
    • The only series since gaining a new livery where Rosie appears, but does not speak.
  • This series marks Edward's least amount of appearances in a series to date, appearing in only two episodes total.
  • 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' reboot, this is the first series to include double-length special episodes, such as the Digs and Discoveries mini-series 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.

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