Postman Pat (original)

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Postman Pat (original)
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Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black and white cat
Genre: Children's animation
Running Time: 15 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 16 March 1981 – 20 March 2006
Network(s): CBeebies
Created by: John Cunliffe
Distributed by: Entertainment Rights (2003-2008)
DreamWorks Distribution (2013-Present)
Starring: Ken Barrie
Carol Boyd
Lewis Macleod
Kulvinder Ghir
Archie Panjabi
Angela Griffin
Bradley Clarkson
Dan Milne
Joel Trill
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 106

Postman Pat is a British stop-motion animated children's television series first produced by Woodland Animations. The first season premiered in 1981 with 13 episodes. 15 years later, a second season was made in 1996 with another 13 episodes. The show would later be revived in 2004 and later ended in 2006. After that, the show would rebooted in 2008 under the name Special Delivery Service, which ended in 2017.


The postman delivers his good mood as well as letters and parcels to the friendly town of Greendale. Postman Pat's trusty kitten Jess is always with him on his travels and adventures as they ride together in a little red van.

Why It Rocks

  1. Wonderful and natural stop-motion animation.
  2. The stories are simple and easy to understand yet very entertaining and well-paced.
  3. Teaches valuable life lessons about being helpful and being kind to neighbors.
  4. Iconic and catchy theme song.
  5. Became one of the most famous British pre-school shows of all time.
  6. Pat is a great postman and a likable person as a whole. He knows and does what's best for everyone, he makes sure everyone has their mail delivered by the end of the day, he cares about his family and his cat, and he treats everyone in Greendale with respect.
  7. Ken Barrie is a great narrator who respects the pace of the show.
  8. Apart from Pat, many of the characters are very likable, such as Reverend, Julian and Ted the mechanic.
  9. Amazing voice acting, especially in seasons 1-5, every male character was voiced by Ken Barrie.
    • Additionally, he voiced every single character in the first season.

Bad Qualities

  1. The series had been going downhill when Special Delivery Service came out in 2008, which abandoned its original gentle pace.
  2. Jess, while funny, cute and adorable, can also be rather annoying, especially in the 2004 series and Special Delivery Service.
  3. While the 2004 series (Seasons 3-5) was decent and wasn't bad like "Special Delivery Service" was, it wasn't as good as the original two seasons.
    • The show had great animation that stepped up from the first two seasons, but at the same time, the new animation style didn't really suit the series as it was more faster paced.
    • It focused way more on the kid characters rather than on Pat and his friends.
    • Some characters including Miss Hubbard, Sam Waldron, Peter Fogg, Granny Dryden and some other main characters were removed.
  4. The show no longer airs in the United States after it was brought to the country in an unknown year, and also, there were basically no US DVD releases of the show, but of course there were a few US VHS tapes released, but they are very rare. Because of that, the show hardly had that much recognition in the US or even North America in general.
  5. When Classic Media re-released Postman Pat Series 1-2 on DVDs, they altered the intros, instead of using the original theme song and intro, they used the Series 2 intro for both DVDs and put the 2004 series logo and theme song over it, the reason for this was because they weren't able to license the original theme song for some reason. While it isn't necessarily a bad thing since it doesn't change any of the episodes, but it is still not that good of a decision.


  • The Independent Film Association of Schools in Ireland is in talks to start a petition, similar to their Fireman Sam one, to get this show translated into Irish for the culchies.
  • Including those show in Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service (SDS), Pat has use of 8 vehicles:- Royal Mail van (Pat 1) SDS Van (Pat 2) SDS Helicopter (Pat 3) SDS Mini Van (Pat 4) SDS Motorbike (Pat 5) SDS Forklift Truck (Pat 6) SDS 4x4 (Pat 7) SDS Postcar (Pat 8).


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