Although my son loves it, I have huge issues with Thomas and Friends. There are a lot of episodes that involve trains making fun of each other or being mean to each other, but it's never dealt with. In fact, often the train being bullied ends up changing his ways to try to please the other trains. I try to skip those episodes, because they're basically enforcing bullying.
I swear I'm not a lunatic (although I clearly watched one too many episodes of this show), but... Does anyone else feel like Thomas is totally sponsored by Big Coal?? I mean really! They're always going on about how Thomas needs to get filled up with coal so he can be "energetic and useful". Bigger picture, it's constructed to teach watchers to be good little capitalists working for the man. ... Sir Topham Hat is their boss and gives everybody their special role, and whenever one of the trains tries to do something different, disaster strikes! By the end they always figure out that they should stay in their position where they are most useful and be happy little coal-munchers. So that's my political theory of Thomas and Friends.
I also can't stand Dora. She's just annoying.