For nearly 25 years, the rabid fan base of FOX's Sunday night staple The Simpsons has wondered just where in fact all our favorite characters lived. We've always known the name of the town (Springfield) and the show obviously takes place in the USA, but what particular state did Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie call home? The show has referenced the question countless times over its 23 seasons, usually with some ill timed interruption before the answer is revealed to the audience. That all changed today when EW.com broke the news that creator Matt Groening has finally let the cat out of the bag in an new interview with Smithsonian Magazine.
Here's the scoop directly from Mr. Groening: "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 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.”
When asked why he had never revealed this information before Groening replied: "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.’”
This Sunday's episode is expected to reference the reveal in some fashion, most likely in the opening credits sequence. For his part, Homer Simpson himself has commented on the story on his official twitter account.
What do you think fellow Simpsons fans? Was it appropriate for Groening to put the question to rest after decades of wondering? Or would you rather have had Springfield's location remain a mystery?