Thomas & Friends is a British children's television programme created by Britt Allcroft. It is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry. It first aired on British television in 1984, and since then over 500 episodes and various special feature-length films have been produced. The North America (US) airing of Thomas & Friends was modified to make it more suitable for children.
Censorship[edit | edit source]
North American Censorship[edit | edit source]
Sir Topham Hatt is never referred to as the Fat Controller in North America. Some episodes had their names changed when Thomas the Tank Engine first arrived for American audiences to make it friendlier for kids.
ABC (Australia)[edit | edit source]
The Series 19 episode Henry Spots Trouble was taken out of rotation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation due to complaints from parents that it unintentionally carries an anti-vaccination message. The episode still airs in other Australian television channels and is available on video or for streaming in the country.
Where to find it uncensored[edit | edit source]
The British English version (which airs in the UK, India, and Australia) of all episodes is uncensored.