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The twenty-second season (going under the name Big World! Big Adventures!) of Thomas & Friends starts airing on September 3rd 2018 in the UK and on September 17th 2018 in the US. It is expected to be released on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

Production

Season 22 will mark the first major "reboot" of the franchise since the show switched to full CGI in the thirteenth season. The episodes will keep their eleven minute-long runtime, but will now be broken into seven minute-long stories, with an additional four minutes reserved for a variety of segments like sing-along karaoke songs, music videos or Thomas talking directly with the audience about lessons learned during a particular episode. Among many other changes, Edward and Henry will be removed from the Steam Team to make room for Nia and Rebecca, and the narrator has been replaced with Thomas talking to the audience (however, Mark Moraghan has said that he will still work on the series).

Season 22 will be set after Big World! Big Adventures!. The season will be split into two halves; the first half will see Thomas travelling around the world and visiting India, Australia, China and Africa, while the second half will take place back on the Island of Sodor. The season will also be released on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in the fall of 2018.[1]

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
NumberOneEnginepromoNumber One EngineDavey Moore3rd September 2018#1
Thomas is in China racing Hong-Mei in a bid to become the No. 1 Engine.
ForeverandEverpromoForever and EverAndrew Brenner4th September 2018#2
With all the changes, Gordon is feeling a little blue. Luckily his new friend Nia is there to show him that not all change is bad.
ConfusionWithoutDelaypromoConfusion Without DelayDavey Moore5th September 2018#3
A new engine named Rebecca arrives on Sodor, and not to feel inferior to the others, which are very fast, always starting early, because they are afraid of being late.
TrustyTrunkypromoTrusty TrunkyBecky Overton6th September 2018#4
Thomas learns that elephants in India really can shunt trucks.
WhatRebeccaDoespromoWhat Rebecca DoesDavey Moore7th September 2018#5
Rebecca is always kind and smiles at everyone but does not feel as special as the other engines.
ThomasGoestoBollywoodpromoThomas Goes to BollywoodBecky Overton10th September 2018#6
During his period of work on the Indian railway, Thomas attends the shooting of a Bollywood film.
ThomasintheWildpromoThomas in the WildTBA11th September 2018#7
Thomas takes a film crew to a nature resevere in China.
ThomasandtheMonkeyPalacepromoThomas and the Monkey PalaceBecky Overton12th September 2018#8
The head of the Indian railways tells Thomas to go and get some coconuts to give them to the passengers. Thomas, however, is intrigued by the Palace of the Monkeys.
AnEngineofManyColorspromoAn Engine of Many ColoursTBA13th September 2018#9
James has a crash and hears there might not be enough red paint.
OutbackThomaspromoOutback ThomasTim Bain14th September 2018#10
Thomas' tales get him lost in the outback.
SchoolofDuckpromoSchool of DuckLee Pressman17th September 2018#11
Duck tries to find a new classroom for the schoolchildren of Harwick.
TigerTroublepromoTiger TroubleBecky Overton18th September 2018#12
Thomas, Rajiv and Shankar have to save some tigers from being captured by one of Rajiv's passengers.
SeeingisBelievingpromoSeeing is BelievingTBA19th September 2018#13
Merlin visits Sodor and confuses Percy.
ApologyImpossiblepromoApology ImpossibleTBA20th September 2018#14
Philip refuses to move out of James' way, leading to trouble!
TheWaterWheel(episode)promoThe Water WheelTBA21st September 2018#15
Thomas is transporting a water wheel, but it gets knocked off of his flatbed.
RunawayTruckpromoRunaway TruckDavey Moore24th September 2018TBA
A truck runs out of control down the line, and Yong Bao and Thomas must stop it.
KangarooChristmaspromoKangaroo ChristmasTim Bain24th September 2018TBA
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ThomasandtheDragonpromoThomas and the DragonDavey MooreTBATBA
Yong Bao asks Thomas to bring the dragon that will serve for the festivities in the big city square.
SamsonandtheFireworkspromoSamson and the FireworksLee PressmanTBATBA
Soon there will be an annual fireworks show, which Samson is very scared of.
RosieisRedpromoRosie is RedDavey MooreTBATBA
It's Valentine's Day, and Sir Topham organizes a surprise to Lady Hatt thanks to the unaware help of Rosie and Thomas.
Thomas'AnimalArkpromoThomas' Animal ArkLee PressmanTBATBA
It's Christmas Eve. The boiler that keeps the animals warm has broken, and the ship that carries the new one can not arrive because of bad weather.
TheCaseofthePuzzlingPartspromoThe Case of the Puzzling PartsDavey Moore24th September 2018TBA
Special Agent Sidney sets out to solve The Case of the Puzzling Parts.
Season22NiapicCounting on NiaTBATBATBA
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