Nickelodeon welcomes the iconic series Thomas & Friends to its roster of preschool hits with the acclaimed hour-long special, “The Adventure Begins,” debuting Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. channel. The special follows Thomas on his first adventure as he explores the Island of Sodor, meets exciting new friends, discovers the true meaning of hard work and friendship, and transforms into the Number 1 engine. All-new, never-before-seen Thomas & Friends episodes from season 21 will air regularly weekdays at 5 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Nick Jr. channel, and brand-new specials will air on Nickelodeon throughout the year.
Leading up to the linear premiere of Thomas & Friends, an all-new full-length episode and short-form content are available now on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App.
Nickelodeon recently announced a new U.S. television and consumer products partnership with Mattel for Thomas & Friends, which includes Nick serving as the exclusive consumer products agent across multiple merchandise categories including apparel, accessories, home goods, consumer electronics, and more. Later this year, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie and season 22 of the same name, which includes newly revamped content and show format, will make its Nickelodeon debut.
Thomas the Tank Engine™ was originally created over 70 years ago by the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families around the world across multiple touch-points and formats, including; toys, apps; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more with over 1 engine sold per second. Thomas & Friends is aired in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.