It only took about 25 years, but Matt Groening is finally spilling the beans. A little confession here. I don’t really watch “The Simpsons” and most likely only seen a handful of episodes over the years. So why I am writing about it? Simple, this is the kind of useless pop culture trivia that might win you $1 million should you ever find yourself on a quiz show or at your local pub trivia night. Obviously the latter will have a grand prize of less then $100 and perhaps comped chicken wings. Free is free, is what I say.
“The Simpsons” debuted almost 25 years ago as a segment on the “The Tracy Ulman Show” in 1987. Two years later, Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie received their own show and have entertained audiences for a record 23 seasons. Throughout it’s run, the show has never disclosed the exact location of where Springfield was… until now. Here’s a hint, it’s not in the much-speculated state of Illinois.
Show creator, Matt Groening answered the question everyone has been asking him for many years in an in-depth Q&A for an upcoming issue of Smithsonian magazine. Here’s what he told the publication:
“The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show Father Knows Best took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do.” The interviewer, Claudia De La Roca, who’s worked on The Simpsons and Groening’s Futurama, then notes Groening has never revealed the town’s location before (though he has hinted at it). The writer-producer replies, “I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, wherever, I always go, ‘Yup, that’s right.’”
Who knew “The Simpsons” lived in Oregon? As mentioned before, I don’t really watch the show, but I don’t ever recall it raining when I did catch an episode. Everyone knows it rains like a mother f*cker up here in the Pacific Northwest.
UPDATE: It seems now Matt Groening is taking it all back now. In a new interview with TV Guide, he denies that he revealed the true location of Springfield. BOO. Such a tease.
In a related side note, FOX is celebrating it’s silver anniversary this year. The network first went on air on April 5, 1987. To celebrate this special occasion FOX will air a star-studded special that will pay tribute to some of the network’s iconic series. Preceding the special, FOX will air the pilot episode of “Married With Children“. FUN.
Talent scheduled to appear on FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL include Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal“; Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210“; Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal from “Married With Children“; Patrick Warburton from “The Tick“; and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files.” Catch all the action on Sunday April 22 at 8pm.