The Simpsons - The Simpsons Hometown Revealed

The Simpsons' hometown is based on Springfield, Oregon.

Matt Groening, creator of the animated series, has always kept the inspiration for the fictional Springfield in the show secret until now, saying it is based on a community 100 miles south of where he grew up in Portland.

He told Smithsonian magazine: ''Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon.

''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 realised it was just a fictitious name.

''I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the US.

''In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, 'This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield.' And they do.''

Matt added the animated family's home Evergreen Terrace is named after the street he grew up on, while other characters in the series - which has run for 23 years - such as Reverend Lovejoy, school bully Kearney and the Simpsons neighbour Ned Flanders are all named after streets in Portland.

Four of the family members - Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie - are all named after Matt's own family, but he changed the name of the boy in the series from Matt to Bart.

Explaining why, he said it was because he ''had this idea of an angry father yelling 'Bart,' and Bart sounds kind of like bark - like a barking dog,'' which he thought would be funnier.

The town of Springfield, Oregon, was beaten by Springfield, Vermont, in a competition to host the premiere of 'The Simpsons Movie' in 2007.


Contactmusic

Tags: The Simpsons - Common - Matt Groening

Advertisement

More The Simpsons

The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover Has Line, "Your Sister's Being Raped"

Fox is under pressure to remove a line from its upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy in which Stewie tells Moe Sizlack,...

‘The Simpsons’ Take Over Hollywood Bowl To Celebrate 25th Anniversary

‘The Simpsons’ came alive at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night (September 12th), as the series celebrated its 25th anniversary with live music, cast performances...

Let's All Watch 'The Simpsons' For 12 Days and 12 Nights

Mecca for Simpsons fans has arrived, no pilgrimage necessary. The utopian moments that is a 25-season marathon kicks off at 10 a.m. ET with the...

Richard Branson Has Recorded A Simpsons Cameo

They say you haven’t ‘made it’ – i.e., reached the peak of your career- until you’ve had your Simpsons cameo. And even though Richard Branson...

Advertisement

The Simpsons - See The Town of Springfield In Lego Form [Pictures]

Matt de Lanoy has taken his love for The Simpsons and Lego and combined them in the form of a lovingly recreated Springfield.“Oddly enough, I...

Conan O'Brien Will Sing The MonoRail Song Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Conan O’Brien will be performing “The Monorail Song”, from the classic Simpsons episode “Marge Vs. the Monorail” as part of a three-day finale spectacular at...

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

Homer and Peter Griffin, Bart and Stewie, Marge and Lois, Lisa and Meg, Santa’s Little Helper and Brian; Simpsons and Family Guy fans alike have...

RIP Krusty the Clown? His 10 Best Moments

Krusty the Clown may have chucked his last chuckle and played his last Itchy and Scratchy because, if the rumours are right, he isThe Simpsons’...

Advertisement

Comments

The Simpsons Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The Simpsons

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All