Thomas & Friends is a children’s television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry. This article lists and details episodes from the first series, which was originally broadcast in 1984. This series was initially narrated by Ringo Starr for the UK audiences, who re-dubbed 25 episodes for the US audiences; which was later re-dubbed again by George Carlin for the US audiences. Most episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the UK broadcasts are shown on top, while the American-adapted titles are shown underneath. All episodes from this series can be found on the DVD release Thomas: The Early Years, released by Anchor Bay Entertainment/HIT Entertainment in 2004. It was produced by Clearwater Features Ltd. for Britt Allcroft Ltd.