Top 10 Best Thomas & Friends Episodes

For this list, let's go over the Top 10 Best Thomas and Friends Episodes. This list features a mixture of the classic, the new and the CGI eras episodes.

The Top Ten

1 Escape Escape

Oliver's theme is epic - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

Douglas was a very interesting main character here, and it worked perfectly. We are now introduced two epic characters, Oliver and Toad. - DKartWoomy

So, I guess I'll be sharing my opinions on all fourty six episodes on this list, starting with my favorite episode of the whole show. This episode knew just the right characters to use at just the right spots, Oliver and Toad are some really lovable characters (Especially in seasons 18 and 19), the music was fantastic, and, while they did remove Isabelle, it still worked perfectly. But by far the greatest aspect of this episode was the atmosphere, it's dark and epic feeling that you would most certainly not expect to have in a show about talking trains is really what makes this episode so memorable, 98/100

This episode has been know to be my favorite from Season 3! I like Oliver, he is a great character and I love how he had many major roles in the classic series! - TheThomas5252

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2 All At Sea All At Sea

How was this not on the list? The music and visuals provided the perfect atmosphere for this episode. The final shot at the sunset was the best way to end a VHS - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

3 Edward's Exploit Edward's Exploit

Edward's defining moment. It's awesome how he perseveres through the storm despite his side rods breaking - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

I actually read the story version of this before the actual video. Either way, this episode shows that determination is a good answer, and you gotta love the ending where Edward is like, "really want to insult me NOW? " - DKartWoomy


Best Season 2 episode and best Edward the #2 engine episode ever! It was very nice that he got the passengers home, and that he battled on through the storm. - TheThomas5252

4 Toad Stands By Toad Stands By

Lol The silliest Episode Of Thomas and Percy ever!

Oliver teaching those trucks a lesson is his most awesome moment! - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

5 Gallant Old Engine Gallant Old Engine

Easily the most awesome moment in the narrow gauge arc. The music goes perfectly with Rheneas's determination and perseverance. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

This episode is okay in my opinion. Kinda sad this marks Duke's last appearence to date. - FinnsWorld

6 Thomas and Bertie Thomas and Bertie

I wish races were like what this was. - DKartWoomy

This episode is the best episode of all Thomas history! The race was brilliant, I loved that windmill shot, and Thomas and Bertie star in an episode together! I just love it whenever they do that! - TheThomas5252

The Episode that makes the Classics stand out

My number for Bertie is 2. My number for thomas is 1.

7 Troublesome Trucks Troublesome Trucks

James silliest Episode Of all time!

James' most awesome moment in the classic series. The triumphant theme will be stuck in your head - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

8 Old Iron Old Iron

Edward's second most awesome moment after Edward's Exploit. Just goes to show old ain't the same as broke. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

James-I’m sorry for calling you old Iron Edward thanks for saving me
Edward-You’re welcome James
James and Edward becoming friends

It's a classic. James also breaks the fourth wall in this episode - when he says "Late again! " he says it to the camera rather than Edward's face.

9 Thomas and the Special Letter Thomas and the Special Letter

Funny crash, interesting story, surprising, and becomes doubtful to hopeful. The whole plot is terrific. - DKartWoomy

Best one

This episode is very entertaining to watch. This episode will probably stay my favorite from Season 4 for a very long time! - TheThomas5252

10 Disappearing Diesels

Nearly sounds like something Sharon Miller wrote. - DKartWoomy

What? How? - DKartWoomy

The Newcomers

? Thomas and the Birthday Picnic
? Love Me Tender

The Contenders

11 Down the Mine Down the Mine

The original pilot - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

12 Rusty and the Boulder Rusty and the Boulder

People hate this for Disney. Are you guys high? Disney has NOTHING to do with Thomas. This was epic, chilling, and gave goosebumps! - DKartWoomy

13 The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor
14 Bulldog Bulldog

When I was a kid the cliff scene was the most suspenseful moment ever. It's amazing how Duke manages to rescue Sir Handel with only a few saucepans - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

15 Wayward Winston

This episode had the "Busy Going Backwards" vibe. - DKartWoomy

16 Three Cheers for Thomas

And so we come to the last episode of the classic series, and it's just got to be the BEST swan song ever in the history of Thomas!

SPOILERS: A sequel to my #1 favorite episode was brilliant. - TheThomas5252

Oh yeah, all the times Thomas and Bertie have raced over the years. Thomas and Bertie, Hooray for Thomas, Thomas' shortcut and even Sodor's legend of the lost treasure have payed a tribute to the races of Thomas and Bertie.

What is your favourite episode

This was like a rematch to "Thomas & Bertie's Great Race/Thomas & Bertie," and was a great ending to the classic series... 😥 - DKartWoomy

17 Who's Geoffrey

It is the number 1 epsidoe. It is the funniest

Not the funniest, but it does teach kids to not tell lies. Always admit mistakes, and you'll be glad you did! - DKartWoomy

18 Make Someone Happy
19 Steam Roller

Very hilarious, and Sir Handel gets his butt kicked again! - DKartWoomy

George is great! - FinnsWorld

20 Edward the Hero

Edward the hero blue ENGLISH

This was a Sharon Miller episode? Well!

21 A Scarf for Percy

Hilarious episode, great start to Season 3! - DKartWoomy

This episode is amazing! My favorite 3rd season and classic series episode!

The accident never gaets old!

WHOA! there is no way that I should say a word mentioned a few times in this episode. its just too funny! this needs to be top 5

22 Off the Rails Off the Rails

Gordon's accident is hilarious - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

23 School of Duck
24 Put Upon Percy
25 Charlie and Eddie

No. - DKartWoomy

26 Thomas, Percy, and the Dragon Thomas, Percy, and the Dragon

Very funny and great episode! Number 1 in my book!

The dragon legit gave me nightmares when I was younger 😂 - kanetheundertaker25

27 Percy's Promise Percy's Promise

Percy's moment of awesome in the classic series. The music perfectly fits his battle with the storm - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

28 Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady

Peter Sam's most memorable adventure - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

29 Last Train for Christmas

One of the best Christmas episodes. Modern Christmas Thomas episodes, in my humble opinion, hands down, better than classic ones. - DKartWoomy

Connor is way faster then Gordon and he and Caitlin should replace Gordon and Gordon should be scrapped also and sent away because he's not very nice and he's rude to the other engines and Connor and Caitlin are much more friendlier them Gordon and they are much faster then Gordon also and they will be taking over the express from him also

I LOVE this episode! It's both my favorite Season 18 episode, and my favorite Christmas episode! It was great Connor got an episode to himself! - TheThomas5252

30 The Flying Kipper The Flying Kipper

Always the standout episode to me as a kid for its visuals, music and memorable crash scene.

Beautiful tale, similar to a nursery rhyme. The Music and Visual Imagry is more than fantastical. And it's a thomas episode in which henry is used to his full potential... Something that didn't happen often in the newer seasons.

Henry's most well known adventure. After this he gets a new shape and grows out of his sick weak phase - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate


31 Special Attraction Special Attraction

The trucks crashing into the barge is fun to watch - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

32 Faulty Whistles
33 Thomas Comes to Breakfast Thomas Comes to Breakfast

Seriously, why do people hate this episode, the house crash was hilarious and that lady who only cared about her breakfast was quite an ass

I love this episode!
"You miserable engine! Just look what you've done to our breakfast! Now I shall have to cook some more!

Yo best episode ever!


34 Steady Eddie
35 The Sad Story of Henry The Sad Story of Henry

Come Out Henry is also known as The Sad Story Of Henry because it gets even sadder in part 2 than in part 1.

My favorite episode hands down.

36 Thomas and the Breakdown Train Thomas and the Breakdown Train

A big turning point in the series. Thomas gets his own branch line, Annie and Clarabel get introduced, and James gets his signature red paint - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

37 Best Friends

Silliest Episode Of Thomas hanging out with Percy!

Best friends forever Thomas!

Friendship is Magic!

Random Guy: OH NO!

Thomas and Percy's friendship is amazing as always, even in that certain S15 episode everyone complains about. It's always nice to see them star in an episode together. - TheThomas5252

Wil nevile return in ful cgi

38 The Missing Christmas Decorations

Diesel 10's episode debut was great, and so was the first episode debut/speaking role of Sidney. This episode felt like a parody of How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and contained references to Thomas and the Magic Railroad and Day of the Diesels; both good movies! - TheThomas5252

Wil diesel ten return

39 Henry's Forest Henry's Forest

Goes to show Henry's a literal green thumb - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate


40 Thomas and the Firework Display
41 Granpuff

Great episode

Happy cries. Ending of story leads to a happy ending next story. Duke... Is such a brave dude, he literally doesn't mind the fact he is SLEEPING ALONE WITH MOLDY SHED! Smudger is a severely overrated character, but he died, and has a slick chance of returning. - DKartWoomy

Smudger is dead

42 Wrong Road Wrong Road

It's hilarious when Bill and Ben torment Gordon - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

43 The Fogman
44 A Better View for Gordon A Better View for Gordon
45 Thomas and the Birthday Mail

The whole plot was great and Rosie is a funny character! - DKartWoomy

Hands down, my favorite Hit era episode, period. Rosie is a great character and definitely needs another episode to herself (of course, this episode was about Thomas too). - TheThomas5252

This was perhaps the only great story on the Carnival Capers DVD, while most of the others suck. - DKartWoomy

I want rosie to have more roles.

Have you watched Season 13, 21, and 22? She has main parts in few episodes. - DKartWoomy


46 Express Coming Through

Sharon Miller was apologizing, but it was too late! They did it by making it like a classic episode! - DKartWoomy

47 A Close Shave A Close Shave

Good story, but was not a great ending to the Duck Vs. Diesel trilogy. - DKartWoomy

I love this episode so much. My favorite part is when Duck said, "It's too late! " One time, I did a pumpkin project out the book. I used green paint for the sides, gray paint for the face, black paint for the eyes and mouth and the number 8, and I used cotton balls for the shaving cream. I was in second place.

48 Tit for Tat
49 Bulgy Rides Again Bulgy Rides Again
50 Salty's Secret
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1. Edward's Exploit
2. The Fastest Red Engine on Sodor
3. All At Sea
1. Rusty and the Boulder
2. Escape
3. Toad Stands By
1. Escape
2. Thomas and the Special Letter
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