In 1977, Britt Allcroft secured the rights to producing the Rev W Awdry's Railway Series books for television. Then, Jim Henson took interest in the same project and decided to collaborate with Allcroft on the new show. The end result was Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, which has reached the world record books for the longest-running children's show in history. This part of the show's history is narrated by Ringo Starr and Michael Angelis in the UK. SEASON 1 1. Thomas and Gordon 2. Edward and Gordon (Edward's Day Out/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 (James and the Top Hat/James and the Bootlace) 9. Troublesome Trucks 10. James and the Express 11. Thomas and the Guard 12. Thomas Goes Fishing 13. Thomas, Terence and the Trucks 14. Thomas and Bertie 15. Henry and the Elephant 16. Tenders and Turntables 17. Trouble in the Shed 18. Percy Runs Away 19. Coal 20. The Flying Kipper 21. Whistles and Sneezes (Gordon's Whistle/Henry's Sneeze) 22. Toby and the Stout Gentleman 23. Thomas in Trouble 24. Dirty Objects 25. Off the Rails 26. Leaves 27. Down the Mine 28. Paint Pots and Queens 29. Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas 30. Thomas' Christmas Party All stories come from books 1-8, excluding Percy and the Trousers, which airs as the season two premiere. The series is produced in 1980 and airs in 1981. Mrs. Kyndley's Christmas and Thomas' Christmas Party air as a two-part Christmas special. SEASON 2 1. Percy and the Trousers 2. Cows 3. Bertie's Chase 4. Saved from Scrap 5. Old Iron 6. A Bad Day for Sir Handel (Skarloey Remembers/Sir Handel) 7. Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady 8. Old Faithful 9. Percy and the Signal 10. Duck Takes Charge 11. Percy and Harold 12. Percy's Promise 13. Gordon Goes Foreign 14. Double Header 15. Pop Goes the Diesel 16. Dirty Work 17. A Close Shave 18. Diesel Off The Quay (analogue to OTL's World's Strongest Engine) 19. Trucks! 20. Percy Takes the Plunge 21. Home at Last 22. Rock 'n' Roll 23. The Missing Coach 24. Break Van 25. The Deputation 26. Thomas Comes to Breakfast 27. Daisy 28. Bulls Eyes 29. Percy's Predicament 30. Little Old Twins With the exception of Percy and the Trousers, all stories come from books 9-16, but The Fat Controller's Engines is left out. The series is produced in 1981 and airs in 1982 and 1983. SPECIAL - Stepney the Bluebell Engine After season two is produced, Britt Allcroft and David Mitton produce a 30-minute special to help celebrate the Bluebell Railway's 25th anniversary in 1985. The special is produced from 1982 to 1983, and premieres in 1984. SEASON 3 1. Special Funnel 2. Steam Roller 3. Passengers and Polish 4. Gallant Old Engine 5. Ghost Train 6. Woolly Bear 7. The Diseasel 8. Buzz Buzz 9. Wrong Road 10. Edward's Exploit 11. Ballast 12. Tenders for Henry 13. Donald's Duck 14. Super Rescue 15. Escape 16. Little Western 17. Resource and Sagacity 18. Tit for Tat 19. Mike's Whistle 20. Toad Stands By 21. Bulgy 22. Useful Railway 23. Crosspatch 24. Bucking Bronco 25. Stick-in-the-Mud 26. Duck and Dukes 27. Mavis 28. Toby's Tightrope 29/30. Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree Due to the construction of new models, season three takes longer to produce, from 1984 to 1985. This season adapts the stories from Gallant Old Engine, and books 20-26, barring book 25, Duke the Lost Engine. (Book 19, Mountain Engines, is skipped due to production costs.) Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree airs as a two-part finale, it's total length (without intro, nameboard sequence and end credits) being nine minutes. Season three airs in 1986. SPECIAL - Duke the Lost Engine The 30-minute Duke special is produced in 1986 and 1987, and airs in 1987. This marks Ringo's last appearance as narrator and the end of the series for the time being. While Awdry's Railway Stories goes on hiatus, David Mitton and Robert Cardona work on an independent series about two rival tugboat fleets with similar filming techniques to Thomas. This series is called TUGS and runs for three seasons with 13 episodes each, from 1988 to 1990. Meanwhile, Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow work on bringing Thomas to America with Shining Time Station, featuring Ringo Starr as Mr. Conductor. He leaves after a 26 episode series and a Christmas special to pursue his music career and is replaced by comedian George Carlin as Mr. Conductor for seasons two and three. The show is largely the same as in OTL, except for the major change in Mr Conductor's character. Rather than being a magical sort of fairy, Mr. Conductor is portrayed as a former US solider who was stationed on Sodor, and has went at least once a year to visit the island ever since. SEASON 4 1. Stop Theif! 2. Mind That Bike 3. Fish 4. Triple Header 5. Patience is a Virtue 6. Peter Sam and the Prickly Problem 7. Crossed Lines 8. Fire Engine 9. Pop Special 10. Sir Handel Comes Home 11. Thomas, Percy and the Coal 12. The Runaway 13. Better Late Than Never 14. Drip Tank 15. Scrambled Eggs 16. What a Picture! 17. High Speed Gordon 18. Smokescreen 19. Fire Escape 20. Gordon Proves His Point 21. Mavis and the Lorry 22. Trevor Helps Out 23. Toby's Seaside Holiday 24. Bulstrode 25. Down the Drain 26. Toby Takes the Road 27. Deep Freeze 28. We Need Another Engine 29. Sticking Power 30. Mike and Jock (Jock/Teamwork) Season four is produced in 1990 and 1991 and airs in 1991 and 1992. For this season, Michael Angelis takes over as narrator for the UK while George Carlin narrates for the US, as well as re-narrating S1-3 for US VHS tapes and for Shining Time Station. This season is based upon books 27-34 by Christopher Awdry, which the exception of Old Stuck-Up. SPECIAL - Thomas and the Great Railway Show Based upon book 35, this 30-minute special is produced from 1992 to 1994 to celebrate the Railway Series' 50th anniversary, airing in 1995. By this point, Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell have composed 19 songs for the series (they're those from seasons 4 and 5, as well as Thomas' Anthem) and they become US exclusives on VHS until they become available on sing-along VHS tapes for the UK audience. SEASON 5 1. Snow Problem 2. Washout! 3. Toby's Megatrain 4. Thomas Comes Home 5. Oliver Gets the Bird 6. Bertie Saves the Day 7. Out of Puff 8. Overhaul 9. Sliding Scales 10. Henry Sees Red 11. The Twins' Passing Problem 12. Donald and the Lost Tarpaulin 13. Speedkiller 14. Sir Handel's Plan 15. Dirty Water 16. I Name This Engine 17. On Your Guard 18. Thomas and the Evil Diesel 19. Percy's Porridge 20. Cab Over Wheels 21. Foaming at the Funnel 22. Wired Up 23. Whistle Trouble 24. Old Groaner 25. Responsibilities 26. Terence Turns Pot Hunter 27. Birdstrike 28. Edward and the Cabbages 29. Rabbits 30. Golden Jubilee Season five continues where Thomas and the Great Railway Show left off, as well as books 36-40, as well as Thomas and the Evil Diesel, and nine annual stories, completing the 30-episode run. Golden Jubilee premieres as the 150th episode of the series overall. This season is produced in 1995 and 1996, airing in 1996 and 1997. The last episode is dedicated to the Rev. W. Awdry's memory.