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The twenty-fourth and final series of Thomas & Friends began airing on 2nd May 2020 in the UK and was released on Netflix on 1st May 2020 in the US.


Production

Mattel green-lit a new series and several specials for Thomas & Friends that premiered in 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the franchise. Production consisted of 20 11-minute episodes as well as three 22-minute specials following the recent revamp of the series[1].

David Stoten was announced as the new head writer for the series, succeeding Andrew Brenner [2]. This is also marks the final series animated by Jam Filled Toronto [3].

Unlike the previous two series, Series 24 does not have a half-and-half split between Sodor episodes and International episodes. Instead, there are six International episodes - one per country - while the rest of the episodes are based on the Island of Sodor. Additionally, several episodes from this series lack the fantasy sequences which were present in every episode of the previous two series.

In 2020, it was revealed by Sodor Island Fansite/Forums that the series had been cancelled due to the failure of the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand and would not be returning for a twenty-fifth series, although the franchise itself will continue on.

Also in 2020, the franchise later revealed that the show would be rebooted from scratch with Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go!, which uses Flash animation instead of CGI and would be animated by Nelvana from then on. All previous media is no longer considered canon to the reboot, the majority of the characters will be retired from the series, with only a few returning. A few months later, it was revealed that the new series is a completely separate show rather than a “Series 25” due to the cancellation of the 1984-2021 series.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Emily'sBestFriendpromo.jpg Emily's Best Friend Camille Ucan & Rose Johnson 7th September 2020 #01
Emily worries that she does not have a best friend, but when the other engines help her out of a tricky situation, she realises she has been surrounded by best friends all along.
Thomas'FuzzyFriendpromo.jpg Thomas' Fuzzy Friend Becky Overton 8th September 2020 #02
Thomas discovers a missing dog on the railway and tries to find it a new home.
TheGreatLittleRailwayShowpromo.jpg The Great Little Railway Show Michael White 9th September 2020 #03
When a Railway Show for little engines comes to Sodor, an overly excited Percy finally sees his chance to shine.
ThomasandtheForestEnginespromo.jpg Thomas and the Forest Engines Davey Moore 10th September 2020 #04
In Brazil, Thomas meets two wood-burning engines who have never travelled beyond their eucalyptus railway. Thomas agrees to swap jobs with them for the day, but this causes more trouble than he expects.
EmilytotheRescuepromo.jpg Emily to the Rescue Becky Overton 11th September 2020 #05
When a pretend emergency turns into a real emergency, Emily comes to the rescue.
Shankar'sMakeoverpromo.jpg Shankar's Makeover Camille Ucan & Rose Johnson 14th September 2020 #06
Thomas pushes Shankar into entering the Fancy Costume Contest, even though Shankar does not want the spotlight on him.
NiaandtheUnfriendlyElephantpromo.jpg Nia and the Unfriendly Elephant Davey Moore 15th September 2020 #07
Nia is bringing an elephant to the Sodor Animal Park, but the elephant does not like steam engines.
JamestheSuperEnginepromo.jpg James the Super Engine David Stoten 16th September 2020 #08
When Rebecca tells James he could be a comic-book super-engine, he takes her seriously, and Rail Rocket is born.
Thomas'NotSoLuckyDaypromo.jpg Thomas' Not-So-Lucky Day Becky Overton 17th September 2020 #09
When Thomas has a run of bad luck, he tries everything to get back on track, even if it means following Lorenzo's strange, superstitious advice.
Ace'sBraveJumppromo.jpg Ace's Brave Jump Camille Ucan & Rose Johnson 18th September 2020 #10
Thomas helps his friend Ace overcome his fear of animals so that he can compete in the Super Stunt Rally.
Nia'sBrightIdeapromo.jpg Nia's Bright Idea Camille Ucan & Rose Johnson 5th December 2020 #11
Nia uses what she learns about lighthouses to suggest covering a big wheel in Christmas lights so that Harold can see where he is going in a storm.
Cleo'sFirstSnowpromo.jpg Cleo's First Snow Becky Overton 6th December 2020 #12
Cleo is shocked to learn snow does not last forever and tries to stop it from melting.
Sonny'sSecondChancepromo.jpg Sonny's Second Chance Becky Overton 11th January 2021 #13
Sonny is trying to prove himself to be a useful engine so that he can stay working on Sodor, but Diesel seems to be the only engine who can trust him.
ThomasandtheInventor'sWorkshoppromo.jpg Thomas and the Inventor's Workshop Camille Ucan & Rose Johnson 12th January 2021 #14
Thomas helps Ruth fix up an old windmill into her new, energy-efficient workshop.
TheInventor'sSpectacularBridgepromo.jpg The Inventor's Spectacular Bridge David Stoten 13th January 2021 #15
When the Rickety Old Bridge collapses, trapping Toby and Henrietta on the other side of the ravine, Inventor Ruth is asked to build a new one.
YongBaoandtheTigerpromo.jpg Yong Bao and the Tiger Ian McCue & David Stoten 14th January 2021 #16
Yong Bao tells Thomas the story of how he came to have a magnificent tiger emblem on his tender.
GordonandRebecca,ComingThrough!promo.jpg Gordon and Rebecca, Coming Through! Davey Moore 15th January 2021 #17
Gordon and Rebecca do the same work, but they go about it differently. When Rebecca tries to be more like Gordon, things do not go well for the big blue engine.
KenjiontheRailsAgainpromo.jpg Kenji on the Rails Again Paul Larson & Laura Beaumont 18th January 2021 #18
When Kenji hears that he must travel home to Japan alone, he gets scared and tries to hide, so Thomas sets out to find him.
CleotheRoadEnginepromo.jpg Cleo the Road Engine Paul Larson & Laura Beaumont 19th January 2021 #19
When Ruth's new car, Cleo, takes to the rails to race Thomas, she soon discovers why she is designed to stick to the roads.
Thomas'AnimalFriendspromo.jpg Thomas' Animal Friends Davey Moore 20th January 2021 #20
Thomas is asked to help at the animal park for the day and realises there is more to the job than he first thought.

Double-Length episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
ThomasandtheRoyalEnginepromo.jpg Thomas and the Royal Engine Michael White 2nd May 2020 Special #01
Thomas is selected to take the Fat Controller to London for a Royal Appointment, but with no knowledge of how to get there, their journey is filled with confusion and delay.
ANewArrivalpromo.jpg A New Arrival Paul Larson & Laura Beaumont 24th October 2020 Special #02
When Thomas finds out that the Earl's Technology Fair will bring new inventions to Sodor, he sets out to prove that steam engines are the best inventions ever.
WorldofTomorrowpromo.jpg World of Tomorrow Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson 25th October 2020 Special #03
When a pair of crooks steal the plans for a great new invention, there is a high-speed chase to try and get them back.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
WorldofTomorrow323.jpg Party Train Ian McCue
Chris Renshaw
4th May 2020 (UK; DVD)
There's a celebration at every station
There's a party train coming down the line...
WorldofTomorrow110.jpg How Does it Work? Eggplant LF 5th June 2020
How does a steam train work?
How does it move up and down the tracks?...
UnscheduledStops54.png Fall is So Much Fun Eggplant LF 23rd October 2020
A cool breeze is in the air
New colours everywhere...
LastTrainforChristmas34.png The Little Engine Who Believed Eggplant LF 21st November 2020
It was a cold and frosty Christmas Eve
On the magical Island of Sodor...
ThomasandtheDragon123.png New Year's Day with Thomas Eggplant LF 27th December 2020
It's time to celebrate
Everyone will get together...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Cast

UK and AUS

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Rocky and Farmer McColl
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Harold and Mr. Percival
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Owen, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, Bernie, Professor Freidrich and the Elephant Carer
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben, Rusty and Merrick
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Salty, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Bert, Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt and Dowager Hatt
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Bridget Hatt and Stephen Hatt
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Lucy Montgomery as Marion and Carly
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Chris Lew Kum Hoi as Yong Bao and the Mean Engines
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv
  • Anna Francolini as Gina
  • Federico Trujillo as Raul and Marcio
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca, Little Thomas, Prince Charles and Dr. Hetty
  • Rose Robinson as Tamika
  • Monica Lopera as Gabriela
  • Vincenzo Nicoli as Lorenzo and Beppe
  • Rosamund Pike as Duchess
  • Joe Swash as Sonny
  • Laura Cucurullo as Marcia and Cassia
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Francisco Labbe as Gustavo
  • Matt McCooey as Kenji
  • Steven Kynman as Peter Sam
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden and an Australian Bus
  • Windson Liong as Lei
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy, Beresford and Dr. Holyfield
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Peter Andre as Ace
  • Flaminia Cinque as Ester
  • Harriet Kershaw as Cleo
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Tim Whitnall as Reg
  • Gabriel Porras as Emerson
  • Sharon Miller as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Dan Li as Railway Inspector
  • Montserrat Lombard as Mia
  • Dominique Moore as Ruth
  • Bob Golding as Baz
  • Siu-see Hung as Dr. Kim

Trivia

  • This series is the first series since Series 20 not to premiere on Nick Jr in the US.
  • This series marks, due to being the final series of the original Thomas & Friends from 1984-2020, the only occurrence of several things:
    • The only series to have David Stoten as head writer and episode writer.
    • The only series with an episode written by Ian McCue.
    • The only series in which Porter, Connor, Millie, Glynn, and Rex appear, but do not speak.
    • The only series since the sixth series where Oliver appears without Toad and does not speak.
    • The only series that Toby's Shed is mentioned since it was referred to by it's name in the fifteenth series.
    • The only series in which Paxton does not have a speaking role since the sixteenth series.
    • The only series in which Kevin does not appear since his debut.
    • The only series in which Emily has a number.
    • The only series where Yong Bao is voiced by Chris Lew Kum Hoi instead of Dan Li.
    • The only series since the twenty-first series where Duck, Stanley, Caitlin and Mike appear, but do not speak.
    • Beresford's only appearance in an episode.
    • The Post Van and Queen Elizabeth II's only appearance in full CGI.
    • The only series to be shown exclusively on Netflix in the US.
    • The only series where Nia and Rebecca speak in all of their appearances.
    • The only series where Sharon Miller, Rosamund Pike, Joe Swash, Matt McCooey, Dominique Moore and Chris Lew Kum Hoi are part of the voice cast.
  • This series marks, due to being the final series of the original Thomas & Friends from 1984-2020, the very final occurrence of several things not limited to:
    • The final series animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The final series made using 3D/CGI animation.
    • The final appearances of all featured characters and locations.
    • The final series narrated by John Hasler in UK and Joseph May in the US, as well as the final series with them and all other featured voice actors as part of the voice cast.
    • The final series of the Big World! Big Adventures! rebrand and to fall under the aforementioned subtitle.
    • The final series with episodes written by Davey Moore, Becky Overton, Paul Larson, Laura Beaumont, Michael White, Camille Ucan and Rose Johnson.
    • The final series scored by Chris Renshaw.
    • The final series produced by Ian McCue.
    • Becky Overton is the only writer to not include a fantasy sequence in any of her episodes.
  • The Greek dub of this series only uses the English logo, and made Percy sound noticeably older than previously.

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