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The Classic Series was produced from 1984 to 2003. Episodes from these seasons were 4 minutes and 30 seconds long, including the introduction and the credits. The Classic Series is considered to be the first 7 seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

Series 1

The first series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom in 1984 and the United States in 1989. This series was narrated by Ringo Starr in the UK/US and George Carlin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

  • Thomas, a blue tank engine who works on the North Western Railway.
  • Edward, a blue mixed-traffic tender engine.
  • Henry, a green mixed-traffic tender engine.
  • Gordon, a big blue tender engine who pulls the express.
  • James, a red mixed-traffic tender engine.
  • Percy, a little green saddle tank engine who is Thomas' best friend and delivers the mail.
  • Toby, a brown square tram engine.
  • Annie and Clarabel, Thomas' two faithful coaches.
  • Henrietta, a coach that Toby travels.
  • Troublesome Trucks, pieces of rolling stock.
  • Terence, an orange caterpillar tractor who usually works near Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Bertie, a red bus who works alongside Thomas' Branch Line.
  • Sir Topham Hatt, the "Fat Controller"/Controller of the North Western Railway.
  • Stephen Hatt, the Fat Controller's grandson and Bridget Hatt's older brother.
  • Bridget Hatt, Sir Topham and Lady Hatt's granddaughter and Stephen's younger sister.
  • Mrs. Kyndley, an elderly lady who lives with her husband in a cottage.
  • The Ffarquhar Policeman
  • The First Butler
  • Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
  • Lady Hatt, the Fat Controller's wife. (not named; does not speak)

Notes:

  • The first series narrated by Ringo Starr in the UK.
  • The first series narrated by George Carlin in the US.
  • The first series to use talking models and talking clay faces.
  • The first series produced by Robert D. Cardona.
  • The first series made by Clearwater Features.
  • The first series in which Bertie has no eyebrows.
  • The first series released in 1980s.
  • The first series where the end credits would roll over the final shot of an episode.

Series 2

The second series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom in 1986 and the United States in 1987. This series was narrated by Ringo Starr in the UK/US and George Carlin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

  • Duck, a Great Western engine who runs his own branch line with Oliver.
  • Donald and Douglas, twin black mixed-traffic tender engines from Scotland.
  • Bill and Ben, yellow saddle tank engine twins owned by the Sodor China Clay Company.
  • Diesel, a black diesel shunter who has an oily, devious, scheming, and malicious nature and holds a grudge against steam engines.
  • Daisy, a green diesel railcar who came to work near Thomas' Branch Line after he crashed into the stationmaster's house.
  • BoCo, a green mixed-traffic diesel engine that works at the goods station on Edward's Branch Line and occasionally on the Main Line.
  • The Spiteful Brake Van, a rude brake van.
  • Trevor, a traction engine who resides at the Wellsworth Vicarage Orchard.
  • Harold, a white helicopter.
  • Jem Cole, Trevor's driver.
  • The Vicar of Wellsworth
  • Father Christmas (does not speak)
  • Big City Engine (dropped)

Notes:

  • The first series where the trucks have resin faces.
  • The first series to have the diesel locomotives.
  • The first series filmed by Shepperton Studios.
  • The first series to use stories by Christopher Awdry.
  • The first series in which the phrase, "Bust my buffers!" is said.
  • The last series made by Clearwater Features.
  • The last series produced by Robert D. Cardona.
  • The last series narrated by Ringo Starr in the UK due to him.
  • The last series released in 1980s.
  • The last series in which Bertie has no eyebrows.
  • The last series where the end credits would roll over the final shot of an episode.
  • The last series to create the score with the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer.

Series 3

The third series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1991. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and George Carlin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

  • Oliver, a Great Western tank engine who works with Duck on his branch line.
  • Mavis, a privately owned quarry diesel shunter who works for the Ffarquhar Quarry Company, based at Ffarquhar Quarry.
  • The Chinese Dragon
  • Bulgy, a bad-tempered double-decker bus with an ideological opposition to railways.
  • Farmer Trotter (not named)
  • Flying Scotsman (not named; tenders and cab only; does not speak)
  • Toad, Oliver's loyal brake van. (does not speak)
  • City of Truro (not named; does not speak)

Notes:

  • The first series to have Britt Allcroft as producer.
  • The first series to feature Angus Wright as executive producer.
  • The first series made by The Britt Allcroft Company.
  • The first series released in 1990s.
  • The first series which introduced music videos.
  • The first series to have slow motion effects.
  • The first series narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK.
  • The only series to use the shot of Thomas in front of Tidmouth Sheds.

Series 4

The fourth series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom in 1995 and the United States in 1996. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and George Carlin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

Notes:

  • The only series to feature Duke physically, not counting his portrait cameos in the fifth series and his stock footage cameo in the seventh series.
  • The only series to feature Class 40.
  • The only series of the original show to feature Bulstrode.
  • The only series where Bertie does not speak in any of his appearances.
  • The only series dubbed by The Family Channel Studios.
  • The first series to feature the Skarloey and Mid Sodor Railways.
  • The first series to feature Callan and The Misty Valley Branch Line.
  • The first series to feature a television series-exclusive engine, with that being Smudger.
  • The first series dubbed by Mike Erander.
  • The last series narrated by George Carlin in the US.
  • The last series to use stories was written by Christopher Awdry.
  • The last series to have Wilbert Awdry as a technical consultant.
  • The last series shown on Shining Time Station.
  • The last series to reuse music from the Clearwater Features era with the Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer. This only happens during Daisy's theme in the episode Bulls Eyes.

Series 5

The fifth series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom in 1998 and the United States in 1999. This series narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Alec Baldwin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

  • Old Slow Coach, a GWR Victorian luxury coach.
  • The Horrid Lorries, three lorries that came to Sodor to replace the engines.
  • Cranky, an olive green tower crane who works at Brendam Docks.
  • Old Bailey, a fogman.
  • Derek, a British Rail Class 17 diesel engine that has "teething troubles." (not named)
  • 'Arry, a twin diesel engine who works at the Sodor Ironworks. (not named)
  • Dowager Hatt, the Fat Controller's elderly mother. (not named)
  • Bert, a twin diesel engine who works at the Sodor Ironworks. (does not speak)
  • Bertram, a mysterious mine engine that worked at the mines, and is nicknamed the "Old Warrior". (does not speak)
  • Butch, a yellow and navy blue tow truck. (does not speak)
  • Thumper, a driller with two arms and caterpillar tracks. (does not speak)
  • Tiger Moth, a yellow and red biplane. (does not speak)

Notes:

  • The only series to feature David Maidment as railway consultant and writer.
  • The only series where Donald appears without Douglas.
  • The only series where Knapford does not appear.
  • The first series to feature Brendam Docks and Maithwaite.
  • The first series narrated by Alec Baldwin in the US.
  • The first series in which the phrase, "confusion and delay" is said.
  • The first series dubbed by The Maidstone Studios.
  • The last series made by The Britt Allcroft Company.
  • The last series to have Britt Allcroft as writer and producer.
  • The last series to feature Angus Wright as excuitive producer.
  • The last series to feature was produced by David Mitton.
  • The last series where Thomas and Percy's original smiling faces were used on-screen.
  • The last series released in 1990s.
  • The last series to feature BoCo.
  • The last series to be filmed completely in 4:3 full screen.
  • The last series where Thomas' shocked face had a bucktooth.
  • The last series to feature a modified version of James' happy face where is bottom jaw is slightly more pointed.
  • The last series in the main show where Thomas and Percy's original wincing faces are used on-screen.

Thomas and the Magic Railroad

Thomas and the Magic Railroad is the only Thomas & Friends film and it was released on July 26, 2000 on Destination Films. It was narrated by Alec Baldwin as Mr. Conductor.

Characters Introduced:

  • Lady, a small, Victorian-styled tank engine who serves as the guardian of the Magic Railroad.
  • Diesel 10, an evil diesel engine with a hydraulic claw who does not like steam engines.
  • Splatter and Dodge, Diesel 10's sidekicks.
  • Mr. Conductor, a centimetre tall conductor.
  • Junior, Mr. Conductor's lazy cousin.
  • Lily Stone, Burnett's granddaughter.
  • Mrs. Stone, Lily's mother and Burnett's wife.
  • Stacy Jones, the manager of Shining Time Station.
  • Burnett Stone, the caretaker of Muffle Mountain.
  • Billy Twofeathers, a train driver.
  • Patch, a young teenage boy who works with Burnett Stone.
  • Tasha Stone, Burnett's late wife and Lily's deceased grandmother. (voiceover as a child; photo cameo)
  • P.T. Boomer, a villainous biker who is Burnett's rival. (cameo; full role cut from film)

Notes:

  • The only production of Thomas' first movie to not feature Gordon's Hill since its introduction in the first series.
  • The only time where Diesel 10's worried and shocked expressions are used on-screen.
  • The only appearances of Splatter and Dodge to date. They were originally going to be included CGI Specials Day of the Diesels and The Great Race, but they were iventibly dropped and/or replaced.
  • The only appearance of Killaban.
  • The only production of Thomas' first movie not to feature Brendam Docks since it's introduction in the fifth series.
  • The only time for Thomas & Friends production of Thomas' first movie not to have music composed by Mike O'Donnel and Junior Campbell although the movie was composed by Hummie Mann worked on scores and songs for the film.
  • The only Thomas & Friends film to feature live actors.
  • The first time in the franchise that character dialogue overrides narrator storytelling as the primary manner of telling the story.
  • The first time in the series to have a railroad crossing sound effect.
  • The first production to feature Thomas' shocked face without a bucktooth.
  • The first production to feature The Coaling Plant.
  • This is the only film to feature separate voice actors for the characters in the English version and the first Thomas production to use this format.
  • Bob and Steve Barge' last appearances to date.
  • This was Mara Wilson's last major film role before her retirement from acting.
  • The last Thomas & Friends production to be released completely in 20th Century.
  • This is the last production where Thomas' original wincing face is used.
  • This is the last time in the franchise where a character says "Stupid" and "Shut Up" since the production teams and script writers were likely accused of using vulgar phrases since the productions of both the second series and the fifth series ended.

Series 6

The sixth series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2002. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Alec Baldwin in the US.

Characters Introduced:

Notes:

  • The only series for 2 episodes of the series to feature Steve Asquith as a director.
  • The only series until the twelfth series in which Max appears without Monty.
  • The only series in which Harold's sad face is slightly combined with his happy one.
  • The only model series in which where Oliver does not speak, nor appears with Toad.
  • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature Wellsworth.
  • The only series to have Trueman, Phil Fehrle and Ross Hastings as part of the writing team.
  • The first series to be filmed in 16:9 widescreen.
  • The first series to have a writing team.
  • The first series produced by Phil Fehrle.
  • The first series to have Peter Urie as excuitive producer.
  • The first series made by Gullane Entertainment.
  • The first series to premiere on Nick Jr. in the UK.
  • The first time Robin Kingsland, Paul Larson, Abi Grant, James Mason, Brian Trueman, Robyn Charteris and Jenny McDade wrote the episodes for the series.
  • The first series to feature Abi Grant as script editor.
  • The first series released in 2000s.
  • The first series where the Fat Controller says "confusion and delay", though the second to feature the phrase because the narrator and the other characters said it in 2 fifth series episodes.
  • The first series where the narrator says, "Luckily, no one was hurt", a phrase that also becomes very iconic for the show.
  • The last series to feature Callan, Lower Suddery and Lower Tidmouth.
  • The last series to feature the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends logo in the intro.
  • The last series to have Britt Allcroft as executive producer. She would be a script consultant in the seventh series.
  • The last series narrated by Alec Baldwin in the US.
  • The last series to feature an episode was written by David Mitton.
  • The last series to have John L. Wright as editor.
  • The last series where Thomas' laughing face from the second series (with added teeth) appears.

Series 7

The seventh series of the television series aired in the United Kingdom in 2003 and the United States in 2004. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK/US and Michael Brandon in the US.

Characters Introduced:

  • Emily, an emerald Stirling Single tender engine.
  • Fergus, a small railway traction engine who works at the Sodor Cement Works.
  • Arthur, a big maroon tank engine who holds a spotless record.
  • Murdoch, a large orange tender engine.
  • Spencer, a silver streamlined tender engine who is privately owned by the Duke and Duchess of Boxford.
  • Sodor Brass Band, a brass band from the Mainland.
  • Lord Callan, the owner of the Callan Castle.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford, two visitors from the Mainland. (do not speak)
  • The Mayor of Sodor (mentioned)

Notes:

  • The first series to use the Thomas & Friends logo in the opening titles as well as the first series to come out after the rename.
  • The only series to feature Jocelyn Stevenson as executive producer.
  • The only series to have Kate Buckland as editor.
  • The only series where Thomas is given a new wincing face since the original made it's last appearance in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
  • The only series to have Jan Page, George Tarry and Polly Churchill as the episode writers.
  • The only series to feature Jan Page as script editor.
  • The only series to feature Fergus.
  • The only model series made in the 2000's that does not have Abi Grant involved.
  • The only series narrated by Michael Brandon in the US.
  • David Mitton's last series as director.
  • Phil Fehrle's last series as producer
  • Peter Urie's last series as executive producer.
  • Robert Gauld-Galliers's last series the art director.
  • The last series to have Robin Kingsland, Brian Trueman and Jenny McDade write episodes for the series to date.
  • The last series to have Britt Allcroft involved in production, as well as the only time to have her as script consultant before moving to the America.
  • The last series to include music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.
  • The last series of the main show of the Classic Series.
  • The last series of the main show made by Gullane Entertainment.
  • The last series of the main show to use stock footage from episodes produced by Clearwater Features.
  • The last series dubbed by The Maidstone Studios.
  • The last series dubbed by Mike Erander.
  • The last series to use 35mm film.
  • The last series in which the phrase is "confusion and delay" is used.
  • The last series where the narrator says "Luckily, no one was hurt" is used.
  • The last series to be filmed in 16:9 widescreen.
  • The last series to feature Thomas' panicked face.
  • The last series to feature Sir Topham Hatt as controller of the Skarloey Railway.
  • The last series to be produced with any of the above mentioned people's involvement.
  • The last series to use talking models and talking clay faces.
  • The last series to have a run time of 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • The last series to use music composed with Proteus 2, Prophet 2000, Proteus 1, Proteus 2000, Proteus 3 and Virtuoso 2000.
  • The last series in which all of the episodes have at least one US version that uses the original music in the US.
  • The last series released in 2000s.
  • The last series introduced music videos.
  • The last series to have slow motion effects.

Title Sequences and Logos

The title sequence has a duration of 30 seconds and displays the main tributes to the episode.

Series 1-7

In these seasons, it shows Thomas, Annie and Clarabel going through 3 main scenes, the windmill, the rail under road bridge and the signal box and finally ending with the Ffarquhar station.

Production Crew Credited:

  • Based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry
  • Adapted by Britt Allcroft
  • Told by Ringo Starr/Michael Angelis/George Carlin/Alec Baldwin/Michael Brandon
  • Directed by David Mitton

The ending titles had Thomas next to Tidmouth goods sheds looking at the rolling credits.

Throughout these seasons, the logo changed fonts and from colors red to yellow. In their original versions, they all have the same cloud logo.

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