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So Which Springfield is "Simpson's" Springfield?

3/11/2007 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fans of "The Simpsons" have wondered for years which real-life Springfield is the model for the Springfield in the long-running show -- and now, once and for all, they're going to find out. Sort of.

20th Century Fox has challenged each of the 16 Springfields around the country to compete for the honor of hosting the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in July. TMZ spoke to several Springfields, and some of them think they have a legitimate claim at the title. Springfield, Illinois, for instance, tells us that it's got big power plants right in the city, a school that looks a lot like where Bart and Lisa go to school, and even a donut plant.

Springfield, Ore. thinks it's in the running because creator Matt Groening hails from Portland, and Springfield, Mass. cites the fictional Mayor Joe Quimby's Mass-inflected accent as proof.

Other Springfields, on the other hand, might need a little help. In fact, at three of the Springfields we talked to (and who will remain stateless to protect their chances of winning), the press relations rep said they'd never even seen the show. D'oh!

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april    

In the epo with the VH1 behind the music storyline they said they were from Northern Kentucky.

2782 days ago
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El Barto    

April, I saw that show, too. There's also a reference to Kentucky in a more recent episode where they meet up with Sideshow Bob in Italy.

I'm always amazed when people like these PR reps claim they've never seen the show. Seriously, how could you not come across at least one episode? The Simpsons are an pop culture insitutition. The show's been on prime time for 18 years on a regular network and in constant syndication since the mid-90s. Not like it's a short-lived show buried high up on the cable channel list that plays at 2 AM on alternate Tuesdays or something.

2782 days ago
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Eli    

is springfield,va in the running for this?

2782 days ago
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Sarah    

It's Springfield, Missouri!

2782 days ago
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Michelle    

It's Springfield, OR. I'm certain of it.

Michelle,
Portland, OR
!

2782 days ago
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James    

It's Springfield, OR

2782 days ago
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just me    

How bout Springfield, Ohio?

2782 days ago
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Christa    

I always thought it was Springfield Illinois

2782 days ago
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Penny    

It is definitely Springfield, Illinois.

2782 days ago
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shea c    

I always never knew.

2782 days ago
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Bill Ward    

It's definitely Springfield, MO. A few years ago, they gave an area code on a local phone number, and it was an area code for Springfield, MO.

That said, Springfield is interchangeable with anyplace. Something here for everybody.

2782 days ago
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Tom T.    

The Simpson's Springfield is really Simpsonville, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville. Shelbyville is the next exit on Interstate 64 with Kwik EE marts galore.

2782 days ago
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April    

Springfield Oregon!! That's what I've always thought anyway.

April
Washington

2782 days ago
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msbohio    

It is Springfield, Ohio.

2782 days ago
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Big Mac    

Everyone in Oregon knows the connection (Groening's hometown; lots of characters are named after streets here), but I am convinced it is in the midwest.

There is one episode where they briefly point to a map. I would guess either Illinois or Missouri.

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