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The Early Years is a US DVD featuring two discs, each containing thirteen first series episodes narrated by Ringo Starr in the original UK format and an additional disc with extras.


For the first time ever, all of the original 26 episodes of "Thomas & Friends" are together in this must-have three DVD disc set! Collectors and new fans of Thomas will love taking a journey back in time to experience Thomas from the very beginning. Join Thomas as he meets Gordon, Percy, Henry, Edward and all of his favorite friends on the Island of Sodor for the very first time.

Disc 1 and Disc 2 are loaded with 13 episodes each. Narrated by Ringo Starr, both parents and kids alike are sure to love every fun-filled minute. All-new features, activities and educational games await discovery on Disc 3, including commentary from Sir Topham Hatt, a read-along story and much, much more!


Disc 1

  1. Thomas and Gordon
  2. Edward and Gordon
  3. The Sad Story of Henry
  4. Edward, Gordon and Henry
  5. Thomas' Train
  6. Thomas and the Trucks
  7. Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  8. James and the Coaches
  9. Troublesome Trucks
  10. James and the Express
  11. Thomas and the Guard
  12. Thomas Goes Fishing
  13. Thomas, Terence and the Snow

Disc 2

  1. Thomas and Bertie
  2. Tenders and Turntables
  3. Trouble in the Shed
  4. Percy Runs Away
  5. Coal
  6. The Flying Kipper
  7. Whistles and Sneezes
  8. Toby and the Stout Gentleman
  9. Thomas in Trouble
  10. Dirty Objects
  11. Off the Rails
  12. Down the Mine
  13. Thomas' Christmas Party

Bonus Features

Disc 3

  • Sodor Memories
  • Sir Topham Hatt's Commentary (Thomas and Gordon)
  • Read Along Story: Thomas and the Naughty Diesel
  • Build an Engine Game
  • Who am I? Game


  • This is the first DVD release of a complete series, released in October 2004, shortly followed by the UK Classic Collection Series 1-5 DVD boxset in November 2004.
  • Despite being released in the US, the episodes use Ringo Starr's UK narration instead of Ringo Starr's US narration or George Carlin's US narration. This has resulted in US viewers hearing Sir Topham Hatt being addressed as "The Fat Controller" for the first time (not counting certain songs like Thomas' Anthem, Toby, Really Useful Engine or Sir Topham Hatt).
  • This is the only US release to feature Ringo Starr's narration for Whistles and Sneezes.
  • This is the first release to feature restored footage.
  • As of now, this is the only US DVD to contain a full series (with the exception of Adventure Pack). Since 2015, Series 16-18 have been digitally released on iTunes and Amazon. Additionally, in 2016, the first seven series were digitally released on Amazon and the Roku Channel.
  • This release was made to celebrate the show's twentieth anniversary of the original UK broadcast in 1984 and also the fifteenth anniversary of the US broadcast (in Shining Time Station) in January 1989.


  • In the Sodor Memories section:
    • When Thomas remembers the time he rescued James, he does not say "And because I was so useful, look what happened!" Also, when Percy remembers the time he helped Mrs. Kyndley, he does not say "Watch what happened!" Both lines are present on later DVD releases.
    • Edward said that he helped Gordon up the hill with some coaches. But in the actual episode, Gordon was pulling trucks.
    • James said that Sir Topham Hatt gave him the Express after Gordon was ill, but in the episode, Gordon looped around the station.
  • In the Sir Topham Hatt commentary of Thomas and Gordon:
    • Gordon is said to be resting at Platform 1, but he is actually resting in a siding.
    • Thomas is said to position Gordon for his trains, when he actually positions the coaches.
    • Edward, Toby and Percy are incorrectly referred to as "main line engines."
  • In the "Who am I?" game, Clarabel's name is spelt with an extra L.