[[caption-width-right:350:Right to left: Postman Pat and his black and white cat.]]
->''"Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat and his black and white cat."''

1981 British stop motion series set around the life of postman Pat Clifton and his job as the only local postman for the village of Greendale. He is constantly accompanied by his black and white cat Jess. Fondly remembered by many Brits and considered a essential childhood show. In fact, he's so ingrained into British culture that Royal Mail used him as their official mascot until 2000. Another version of the show was made in 2004 which expanded on the original concept slightly.

2008 has given us a new spin-off ''Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service'' an "action packed" version set in the new town of Pencaster with Pat's reliable "PAT 1" red Royal Mail van being replaced by:

* An "Eco-Van" for large deliveries ("PAT 2")
* A "Mini Van" for smaller deliveries ("PAT 4"; the same design as PAT 1)
* A motorbike ("PAT 5")
* And a Helicopter for tricky deliveries ("PAT 3")

First aired on [[Creator/TheBBC BBC1]] and still considered an essential CBBC show to this day. Episodes can be watched on the [[https://www.youtube.com/user/PostmanPatSDS/videos official YouTube channel]].
!!Tropes in this show include:
* {{Adorkable}}: Pat in the movie.
* AffectionateParody:
** [[Series/HarryEnfieldAndChums Harry Enfield]] made a version titled ''Il Postino Pat'' (Which is also the title of the actual Italian dub of the show), which changes the style to that of an Italian opera... [[SubvertedKidsShow and has Pat shot by fascists]]. Bonus points for having the same awkward walk and jerky movements of the stop motion animation transferred to the live actors.
** Later Enfield would make another one with Paul Whitehouse, titled ''Parking Pattaweyo'', starring a mild-mannered (or not) African traffic warden named, well, Pattaweyo. ...And his [[IncrediblyLamePun black and white cattaweyo]].
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Postman Pat's Birthday sees Pat keeping his birthday a secret, up until he finds out that everyone knows about it, but they wouldn't tell him how!
* AIIsACrapshoot: Pat's copies in the BigDamnMovie.
* ArtEvolution: From stop-motion models in the early 80s to fully-rendered CGI in 2014. It's kind of running parallel to the likes of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam''.
* BigDamnMovie: ''Postman Pat: The Movie'' has Pat foiling a plot to TakeOverTheWorld with robotic postmen. Yes, really.
* BlindWithoutEm: Happens in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOxG0c6jT0c this Specsavers advert]].
* ButtMonkey: Will in the movie.
* CatsAreMean: Averted, Jess is sometimes mischievous but never mean.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: Or [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Postman Pat's [Fill the blank]]]
* ChekhovsGun: Will's allergy to cats and Josh's video game skills [[spoiler: are what lead to the defeat of the BigBad]] in the movie.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A few key supporting characters; Miss Hubbard, Peter Fogg, Granny Dryden, Major Forbes, George Lancaster and Sam Waldron vanished when the series was revived.
* CoolCar: His bright red van.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie. Unlike the TV series, the movie actually had ''villains''.
* DeusExMachina: In the movie, [[spoiler: the Patbots are easily shut down when Josh somehow takes control of them with his handheld]].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the first 6 episodes, Pat's van bore a generic crown emblem before Royal Mail gave permission to use their logo. Also the entire first series is "voiced" by Ken Barrie on his own, men, women and children alike, although it's mostly done as narration rather than having him really pretend to be lots of people.
* EasyImpersonation: In the movie, people keep mistaking Patbot for the real Pat despite it being obviously robotic and the real Pat obviously being too busy with his newfound celebrity to do postal work.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Yes, for the daily life of a postman.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries: In the form of a 3-D movie starring the likes of Creator/DavidTennant and Creator/RupertGrint, released in 2014.
* FourFingeredHands: Pat is guilty of these, and that's why he was banned in Japan!
* HappilyMarried: Pat and Sara.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Postman Pat (or just Pat in the 80s episodes) is in almost every title. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Save two in the first season.]]
* InjuredLimbEpisode: The climax of one episode focuses on Jess falling down a hole and breaking his leg.
* InkSuitActor: Will and Josh really do look a lot like Creator/DavidTennant and Rupert Grint.
* InspirationallyDisabled: ''Special Delivery Service'' added a girl in a wheelchair to Pat's son's school class.
* TheKiddieRide: The infamous post van (PAT 1), originally made by OMC Electronics in 1992, which saw two redesigns when license was first transferred to [=Mitchells=] in 1997, then [=Fun2Learn=] in 2007. [=Amutec=] has also released two designs of the Special Delivery Service Helicopter (PAT 3) from ''Postman Pat: SDS'' in 2008. OMC Electronics also made a ride in June 1994 with a strange and weird design where kids sat on a sack of mail next to Pat and Jess. Notably though, the rides are popular enough in the UK to warrant an appearance (albeit apparently in the form of a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed generic postie van]] modified to play the ''Postman Pat'' theme tune) in the ''Series/MrBean'' episode ''Mind The Baby, Mr. Bean''. They even appeared outside the REAL post offices!
* LicensedGame: In the late 80s, tonnes of Postman Pat games came out for various popular computer platforms in the UK. They were made by the notorious Alternative Software. The ''SDS'' spinoff saw one game for the iPhone/iPod.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Pat appeared in 5 children's compilation tapes that weren't made by Creator/TheBBC. The first was [[AgelessBirthdayEpisode Postman Pat's Birthday]] in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 1 in 1990, then came an excerpt from Postman Pat's ABC in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 2 ([[ThatCameOutWrong when they should've used an episode from the TV show]]) in 1993, [[AgelessBirthdayEpisode Postman Pat's Birthday]] again in My Best Friends, also in 1993, Rainy Day in My Best Friends Too in 1994, and a 1996 episode, Hole in the Road, in Calling all Toddlers in 1999. He most certainly was big for a postman...
* MinimalistCast: The entire first series was "voiced" by Ken Barrie alone. The second series added Carole Boyd to do the women and children, before the third series finally got a full voice cast.
* NiceGuy: Pat is always kind, helpful and polite to everyone.
* NoAntagonist: Most episodes are like this, with inclement weather, lost kites, special events (such as fetes and birthdays) and too-small suits of armour amongst others typically being the things that drive the plot, rather than a conflict between characters. It's a different matter in TheMovie, however ...
* OopNorth: Greendale is supposedly in Cumbria, and Pencaster is supposed to be in North Yorkshire.
* PlankGag: While Pat rollerskates down a road, George walks across with a ladder. Pat hits the ladder and sends him spinning around.
* PuppyLove: In the new series, there are occasional mild hints of this between Julian and Meera.
* RoleCalled
* ShesAManInJapan: In the Norwegian translation, Jess is called "Miss" and is female.
* ShoutOut: Everyone not telling Pat how they knew it was his birthday is a reference to that famous quote "That's for me to know and you to find out!", but Reverend Timms' reaction? "He who reads shalt learn!"
* SliceOfLife
* SpinOff: Spun off twice: First into ''Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service'', and at the same time Jess got his own show targeted at toddlers, ''WesternAnimation/GuessWithJess''.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Postman Pat often hums the theme song.
* ThemeTuneExtended: Ken Barrie released a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9CdRGX48c0 three minute version of the original theme]] in 1982. Somewhat unjustly, it reached only 44 in the charts.
* TitleThemeTune: "Postman Pat/Postman Pat/Postman Pat and his black and white cat..."
* TokenMinority: The Baines Family, Token Asians added to the cast for the 00s series.
* VanityLicensePlate: PAT (insert number here). To add salt to the wound, he drives a van with the RoyalMail logo on it!