Film Theory: We FOUND The SIMPSONS!

Film Theory: We FOUND The SIMPSONS!

[Ding a ling] Moe’s Tavern, Moe speaking. Hi, I was hoping you could tell me what state Springfield is in? Listen you! When I get a hold of you, I’m gonna’ use your head for a bucket, and paint my house with your brain Well that escalated quickly. [Theme] Hello Internet, welcome to Film Theory! The show that proves you can turn watching Netflix reruns into a job. And while reruns are the only way to enjoy most of our favorite shows from the 90’s. Unless, you know, someone is eager for a quick cash grab based on brand awareness. There is one show that has hung on… The Simpsons… “The Simpsons” came out in a simpler time A time when cellphones where the size of bricks, and the word “fleek” hadn’t earned itself a place in the dictionary. Speaking of the dictionary though… Homer’s catchphrase of “Do’h” was actually added a few years ago! And it’s the common usage of the word ‘meh’ comes from. Crazy, right? From the Kwik-E-Mart, the prototype of internet trolls… The Simpsons is truly, a cultural icon. And yet, after nearly 3 decades, of one HUGE mystery about the series remains unanswered… Where, do the Simpsons live? We all know they live in Springfield, that part’s obvious. But the state, has always been a question. And this isn’t by accident… The show has taunted viewers for YEARS… By giving information that would make it virtually for anyone to determine exactly where Springfield is. Notice though, that I said, virtually impossible, because after sifting through the evidence, there is more than enough proof to deduce where the Simpsons actually reside. Today we’re closing the books on one of prime time’s longest running riddles. Now hold on to your comment hand all you walking Simpsons encyclopedias, i’m sure you just waiting to point out that there are tones of jokes and references in the Simpsons that contradict each other. What about that time in the Simpsons movie for instance when Flanders says that the 4 states that border Springfield are: Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky. No such states does or ever could exist. Well stupid sexy Flanders, that’s a fair point, but here’s the thing. The running jokes on where Springfield is are mostly there to throw off would be theorists. So if we wanted to determine where Springfield really is, we need to look for evidence for when the show isn’t joking about the impossibility of its location. Preference also goes to episodes that are older, both because they are less likely to present Springfield as a place that couldn’t exist, and because many die hard Simpsons fans consider episodes after Season 9 to be non-canonical, because the show changed executive producers. Got all that? Good. Because we have a mystery to solve. Hehehehehe! Since the Simpsons takes so much pride in never revealing its big mystery, [Nelson] Ha-ha! Our best tactic to prove where Springfield is, is to work backwards, and eliminate where it isn’t. 50 states is a lot to cover, so let’s knock out a bunch right off the bat. In Season 5, Bart wins a call in contest in Springfield’s local radio station, and gets to choose between a grand prize of $10,000, or an elephant. Bart picks the elephant, high jinks ensues, and Homer gets stuck in the La Brea Tar Pit. So what’s this have to do with Springfield’s location? Well, the radio station Bart calls is named “Vagina farts”. And it’s referenced in a number of other Simpsons episodes, from the first several seasons. So we can say that it is indeed a permanent fixture in Springfield, and not some one off joke a random writer came up with. Why does this matter? Well, in the early 1920’s, the Federal Communications Commission established a system for radio station call letters. All states east of the Mississippi River would have call letters which started with W. Like NBC’s New York radio station, WNYC. And stations west of the mighty Mississipp, would start with the letter K Springfield’s KBBL thus, could not be in any of the 26 states that are completely east of the Mississippi river. Minnesota and Louisiana are the exceptions. With stations starting with both K and W, so they’ll stay for now. But still, there goes HALF the country in one fell swoop! How has no one figured this out yet? Seriously people! Do your research! Then again, maybe i’ve spoken too soon. because from here it gets a lot tricker we get some good geographical clues from the Season 7 episode “Bart on the road” Bart manages to get a fake ID rents a car for spring break and ends up getting himself and his friends stranded in Knoxville, Tennessee on the road from Springfield to Knoxville the group drives through Branson, Missouri stopping to listen to the smooth crooning of Andy Williams. If you are wondering who Andy Williams is don’t worry people watching that episode at the time it was aired probably didn’t know who Andy Williams was, such a random old reference. Anyway, let’s take a look at the map Branson is in the Southwest corner of Missouri And Knoxville is in eastern Tennessee Bart would of had to take a pretty major detour To get to Branson If their point of origin was in Louisiana, Arkansas, or Texas, So we can eliminate all of those. And unless the rental car is one of those Duck Boats ™ that goes from water to land, They ain’t (southern MatPat?) driving to Tennessee from Hawaii! No big surprise, Hawaii is off the table. In the same episode, We see a map of all the nuclear reactors in the United States Above Homer’s work station When the camera zooms in, We can see California, Nevada and Utah completely And none of their reactors are labeled “Springfield”. Another three states bite the dust. Now we need to think about the topography of Springfield. We know Springfield has mountains, From episodes like Mountain Of Madness, Mr. Plow, And King Of The Hill, Not to be confused with, uh, this one. DAMN IT, BOBBY! Sorry. I swear my New Year’s Resolution is to stop doing impressions. In the Simpsons episode “King Of The Hill” Homer gets in shape, And gets hired by a protein bar company To climb the Murderhorn, the tallest mountain in Springfield. In one scene, we see Homer sucking on oxygen tanks, which his guides packed to prevent Altitude Sickness. According to WebMD, Altitude Sickness is extremely rare below 8,000 ft above sea level. Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma All have highest points that are shorter than that 8,000 foot mark. 2.4 kilometer mark So they’re all out. That means, we are down to are final 9. Alaska, Washington , Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona This isn’t a surprise, But it’s definitely not Alaska. In the Simpsons Movie the entire family uproots from Springfield And moves to Alaska. We even see them entering the state for the first time. So Alaska, is out. we had a couple that helped us eliminate some south western states aswell in the season 5 episode boy scouts in da hood clearly i live the thug life myself bart and his junior camper troop get lost when they go white water rafting homer tries to navigate using a map of krust burger locations and sais hey theres a new mexico and in the process knocks the state out of the running now lets jump ahead 2 seasons to season sevens “king-size homer

Comments (100)


  2. Who saw Virginia fart

  3. BUT HEY! THAT'S JUST The Film Theorists' typical usage of confirmation bias.

  4. I’m guessing Washington 1. Because I live there and we have big mountains and there are brown hairs near the boarder to Canada

  5. Matt you must seen all of the internet’s websites

  6. In season 11 episode 22 they actually say they are in Kentucky

  7. 3:12

    Turn on subs ?

  8. This is a bit of a shock for me. I always assumed the Springfield of the Simpsons was based in Illinois

  9. Hey 7:02 don’t talk about my home like that

  10. It’s in South Africa, Durban

    Search it.

  11. In the episode with Sideshow Bob, they drive through a cactus patch. Then and other times, Springfield is shown having saguaro cactus. Those only grow in Arizona.

  12. idaho isnt landlocked…

  13. The violence has escalated

  14. The three eyed fish was also a dead giveaway that it was Portland. It was a long time ago and the river is cleaner but I wouldn’t go swimming in it.

  15. Hey I live in Missouri

  16. I’ve been to Springfield and it is Oregon

  17. But Illinois has a Springfield

  18. Aww yeah! Orgeron state! That's were I grew up!

  19. get off my laun(i live in aus)

  20. you could whittle the amount of clues to four

  21. HEY, I'M AUSTRALIAN, btw it's quite simple

  22. Just to add from the Radioactive Man episode – the producers of the movie highlight 8 states where they can film. (Using question marks) – they note Utah, New York, Washington, Minnesota, Louisiana, Georgia, Ohio and Alabama!) – so an argument for Washington

  23. Where does he get all of this coffee

  24. AND Arizona The hottest state in the world…

  25. oregan!!
    edit: I'M RIGHT!!

  26. :0 I'm going to Oregon for new years!!

  27. Hey matpat Wyoming isn't real

  28. Simpsons Liv in my state

  29. Oregon. Did I win? Yahoo!!!!!!!!!

  30. Also Matt greoning himself said he based it off Springfield Oregon which is the town he grew up in

  31. Dude you know that Homer Simpson Is An Idiot

  32. AA part of Washington wasn't made red and it was in the top left corner and it was green so how does that exist.

  33. Nevada:

  34. You should have just looked up what states have Springfield them them and there's only 33.

  35. I used to live in Oregon it’s was EpIC

  36. Am I the only one who is sooo happy that the Simpsons and Gravity Falls are both in Oregon

  37. Matt Springfield is in Illinois

  38. As a Hispanic, I feel disgusted when MatPat pronounced "El Viaje misterioso de Homer". It's in Spanish. It means ,"The Mysterious trip of Homer" or "Homer Mysterious Trip".

  39. you are not right Springfield is in Illinois

  40. i live in Australia i am offended

  41. I thought they lived in Canada

  42. Awww I live in Washington

  43. I am an arizonan so don't insult us we have pride too

  44. Me: also has a spring field in PA-

    And I OOP

  45. English subtitles at 3:10

  46. Do you ever see a comment and think dam I wish I thought of that

  47. Season 17 episode 11 homer says that he is mad he has to drive to Oregon

  48. 3:10

    Turn on subtitles

  49. already know it's oregon but I wanna know how Matt figures it out. Also whaddup Oregon Homiess

  50. hey i live in oregon

  51. Springfield is in Oregon because that is Matt Groening's home state. I thought this had been known since at least the 90's, if not before.

  52. Yes, but in an episode you used (Boy scouts in the hood), the big climax of the episode is when homer finds an oil rig on the map. When it zooms in on the map, the oil rig is on the east coast

  53. There’s an episode where they have to take a plane to get to Oregon so it can’t be

  54. I've been binge watching your videos but this. this is the one that made me hit subscribe

  55. Mat is literally the human form of dark Kermit and the " I don't need sleep, I need answers" memes

  56. I think that Oregon will win


  58. Bonus fun fact: Last time I passed through Springfield OR they had a "Moe's Bar" and a "Quick-mart".

  59. me watching the Simpsons and realizing a crucial detail missed, so in season 3 episode 24 it shows everyone in the family taking part in hands across america, which obviously did not go through where matt said Springfield was located. I demand a new theory.

  60. 4:18
    I have no idea who Andy Williams is (and I won't look it up, because not knowing of him seems funnier than knowing), but if I had to guess, I'd say. . . late 80's, knock-off, off-brand version of Tom Jones?
    Like, your uncool grandma's favorite crooner, maybe the very guy she told you about once: "I love his covers of Sinatra! He's so charming, I met him at K-mart last week and he agreed to sign my can of tomato soup–if I bought two tickets for his show at the mall, next Tuesday at 3 PM, just in front of the Build-a-Bear Workshop!" ?

    I may have extrapolated a bit too far, but my version is probably much more interesting than the true one.

    In short, I picture the Gil Gunderson of Big Band music.
    Or the Saul Goodman of Las Vegas singers.

    Am I in the ballpark?

    (who am I kidding, no-one knows who this guy is–if someone does, they're 100% just back from his Wikipedia page (if one even exists), i.e. the exact place I do not dare entering, for fear of an expected, intense mediocrity. I am beginning to sound mean, and I don't even know why. Sorry, Andy)

  61. Texas has different time zones, some with and some without daylight savings

  62. I always thought it was in New England

  63. I live in austraila

  64. Fun fact: Springfield elementary is based off of my old school Ainsworth elementary

  65. I think its kentucky. One of the episodes they say "this upper Kentucky family" and there's a springfield and shelbyville in kentucky. And like pointed out they have took a plane to oregon. Also there's a new haven and hodgenville in kentucky which are probably the real names and matt groening twisted them

  66. Guess it's time to drive half an hour from my city to go raid the Simpson's house because apparently I live half an hour away .,.

  67. MatPat = 3:57
    Me = …?

  68. Actually Springfield is in Jamaica

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