I like how "Homer doesn't know New Mexico exists" is a legitimate clue.
When I moved from New Mexico to Illinois a bunch of kids in Illinois didn't know New Mexico existed
Yes but it isn't near see as well
@Hawkmoon, Homer probably doesn’t know what state he lives in anyway, so he could still be in New Mexico if it wasn’t for the last part.
@HighNighty yeah but there is a town called springfeild in every state lol
@HighNighty theres 34 springfield towns in usa
This is a classic film theory episode that I keep revisiting. The old intro, the different mic and editing. Brings back nostalgia
The intro is still the same to this day
In the new Simpson’s episode “Marge The Lumberjill”, Homer goes to a bar and someone asks him where he is from. Homer replies with Springfield and then the man says “The one in Oregon?” And Homer replies with “I don’t know.” This is probably the biggest clue.
Or maybe the fact that the writer and creator of this series is from Oregon.... Just saying. Lol. This was a very good video though, I can see a lot of effort was put into it. I bet Simpsons fans would love this video because of the attention to detail.
but if post-Season 9 Simpsons is non-canonical, and if the impossibility of Springfield's location is still a running gag, it wouldn't be a clue to anything
That's probably a nod to this video
I just finished watching the ENTIRETY of The Simpsons. All 33 seasons. And, since this was the video that first got me interested in anything Simpsons-related, I just had to go back to it after I had finished. And all the while I was looking out for times they disproved this! And, apart from when characters were joking, it all seemed pretty in line with this theory. And hey, in one of the episodes (about season 30-ish I think?) they go to Portland, Oregon and make a joke about all the streets that share names with people The Simpsons know. So yeah, canon. Thanks for this video, MatPat. And if anyone from The Simpsons ever possibly sees this - thank you for a great few years.
I love how Matpat pieces every overlooked detail to blow peoples minds every time
He skipped over the fact that it has been stated before that The Simpsons do not live in Oregon
Now the real question is, how did Peter Griffin get lost, and accidentally go from Rhode Island to Oregon?
That's not canon
@Tux the Idiot it was the first episode of family guy season 13 I think
@Elizabeth Bingham to and
@katrina robinson its an actual episode, i dont remember if it was a simpsons episode or a family guy episode, but it was an actual episode
honestly, I am sure if Matt Patt digged a little deeper he would be able to rule out Oregen too. He stops here only because he wants the state to be somewhere and not just nowhere as it is supposed to be.
as an australian, loved watching you react to how messed up our time zones are 😂
I lived in both Eugene and Springfield Oregon for several years. Springfield has lots of Simpsons art on buildings . Plus Yeardley Smith, (the voice actress for Lisa) came to town for a publicity event and just straight up stated that Springfield, Oregon is the actual Springfield of the Simpsons.
This is one of those things where knowing the answer actually would never be satisfying.
You know your show is legendary when they put actual impressions of the characters in the dictionary like "D'oh".
Why do I keep seeing you
Do you have a life
@Tricky that’s something a guy with a mustache would say
@Chippy No, he doesn't have a mustache. get it right
this is my favorite film theory episode and i still watch it like every year or so
And also, if you ever pass by the actual Springfield, someone painted an awesome Simpsons mural on a fence facing the highway that leads into it 👍🏻
Matt Groening announced that Springfield WAS in Oregon a while ago, that’s what I read. Great Job MatPat!
@Jdmgang668 ohh... Good to know have a nice day :)
@Pïnëäpplë🍍 yes it is
@Jdmgang668 so it's a real place in Oregon?
I have driven through Springfield, Oregon a couple of times
I had a feeling that it was when I started watching it.
“These two states are REALLY similar.” Is SO accurate. The only difference being roads and port towns
Matt seems like a guy that could solve a crime, just give him the evidence.
Didn't we always know that it was in Oregon. I figured that out on my own in the 3rd season when I discovered that it was the state it's creator was from... Way before Matt admitted it.
Here's the thing though, I don't remember which episode it was but it was when Lisa helped get the school giant check. In the episode superintendent Chalmers says " this school was rated worst in Missouri, until they moved the entire town " proving that there isn't an exact location, it may regularly move.
The creator grew up in Oregon. He drew bart Simpson in the wet cement by a high school in downtown Portland. Most of the characters are named after streets in Portland Oregon. I'm pretty positive that its Oregon
Then how do you explain the presences of a nuclear plant, a large nearby desert, a deep gorge, and clear in-cannon references that Springfield is bordered by Ohio, Nevada, Maine, or Kentucky?
Not gonna lie, it's kinda sad we can't consider homer a "Florida man"
everyone in florida is a enemy of homer
@MeMow L because alcohol is enough for his extremely fragile mind
As an Oregonian yes we do have a little bit of everything here. Also the fact that I live in the same city as the creator of the Simpsons is awesome.
I always thought it was Kentucky as there’s a Springfield and a Shelbyville fairly close to each other,but you make some good points,especially the Matt Groening Oregon reference
It was stated in an episode that they were from northern Kentucky.
Hey, you should look into Grizzy and the lemmings, it might give you some questions, like those relics, all under in the same mountain, and why they do the same thing every episode.
"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." -Matt Groening Smithsonianmag 2012
There's a place in Oregon called Springfield, There's a building there that has the Simpsons on it and it says "Home of the Simpsons"
@KawaiiattacK Yes but in the episode “Marge the Lumberjill” they take their *car* to Portland, Oregon and also when Lisa is talking to someone from Portland she says they’re from Springfield and the guy says “The one in the Oregon?”
@Tom tonn in the show is springfield
Kentucky is more likely the location. There was an episode that stated this. Also they have "Springfield Downs" which is a dog version of Churchill Downs that's also in Kentucky.
Australia's Time Zone is extremely easy when you actually live there. Because we are in the southern hemisphere and experience different sun exposure, it may be different to America
Fun fact: The isotopes team used in the Simpsons is also a legitimate baseball team in New Mexico
Plus in that one episode, we found out Springfield had legalized weed which Oregon does have
But in Season 17 episode 11, Homer has to drive Bart TO Oregon for his disciplinary camp. If they live in Oregon why would he be mad that he has to drive "all the way to stupid Oregon"?
Fun fact: Oregon doesn’t have sales tax so when you see a price tag, it’s the actual price and you don’t need any more money than what the price says. It’s great.
I don’t think Delaware has a sales tax either so yay!
Moving to Oregon rn
usually those taxes already come in the price tag lets say milk costs about $2,50 the original price tag, if it wasnt taxed before should be between $1,00 and $1,50 with the taxes added, the price tag should display the original price plus the tax resulting in $2,50 a box atleast, here is like that, the only extra cost is buying the bags to carry the goods
I'm litterally in the UK so I have no idea why I just read this. And trust me the UK is a bit better.
Alright, now I'm going to Springfield. THANKS MATPAT!
did anybody notice in the episode 'Lisa Goes to Washington" season 3 it goes on a montage of kids from states and it cuts to a map of Oregon and then goes to Lisa Proving that they live in Oregon, also in "Margical History Tour" season 15 Louis and Clark or Lenny and carl arrive at Eugene Oregon which is actually right next to Springfield
Can't believe I just now learned that Arizona doesn't do my favorite holiday(daylight savings time) In an alternate universe I probably showed up late or early for work one day, and looked like a moron when my coworkers blew my mind saying "we don't do that here" lol
Matt Groening has stated on a plaque given to the City of Springfield that Springfield, OR is “the real Springfield”. That would’ve made this video 5 minutes, tho.
This is also true because in S6E24 Lemon of Troy Bart’s grandfather talks about how the settlers of Springfield stopped at the end of the Oregon trail
SANESS 1 lol wut
Springfield is in Iowa
I think the first clue should've been eliminating all of the states that don't have a Springfield
You're grasping Matt groening lived in Knoxville when he wrote the Simpsons That's why Knoxville is always referenced Everything in Springfield reflects Knoxville
as a person who lives in illinois, i would always say the simpsons live here! since our capital is Springfield, turns out i was wrong.
Fun Fact: There is a Boy Scouts camp just south of Mt. Jefferson that was established by Homer Groening, a person who Homer Simpson is based and Matt Groening's father.
This man's ability to find this stuff is out of control. Matpat are you the leader of the illuminati?
@the gameing ZOO that too
Yes he is
In most cases yes matpat is impressive but in this case it was kinda sad, before this episode even came out Matt groening had already explicitly stated that it was Oregon.
Piano Made Of Noodles hi
I always though it was Oregon, even the creator is a Navy nuke guy from Oregon or at least lived in the state for a long amount of time Plus we got a Springfield here As requested EDIT TIME WOOO I was right, this was talk when Simpsons first came out (Yeah im old) about how Portland finally made the big screen. It was seriously a big deal growing up.
honestly Springfield, OR matches almost everything that The Simpsons's Springfield presents us
I looked up Springfield on google earth and it s in Oregon! You were right MatPat!
in one of the earlier episodes. all the license plates in Moe's bar were from MA. They're in MA, regardless of what Matt Groening wants to say now. Springfield MA fits the Springfield on the show very well.
As a person with the last name ‘Simpson’, I can confirm this is where we all live.
good to know
@ellz or el gaming and general almost every state to
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@Victoria Valora ...but this is my main acct and this is my actual name...
@Griffin Simpson whatever you say “Griffin Sanchez Simpson” lol
Season 10, Episode 2: The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace. Homer and Bart are driving to the Edison museum and on the way they pass a sign that says that the states that they can go to is Oregon. Therefore they cannot live in oregon. Springfield itself is a state THEORY DEBUNKED
Can't be Oregon because there's an episode where homer takes Bart to a camp for going into the steam room in the school and destroying everything And it is clearly stated that the camp is in Oregon which is implied to be a different state as they see a state sign
The best series always take place in Oregon. GRAVITY FALLS, THE SIMPIONS, WOW!
I live in Oregon! One thing to watch out for- Oregon has no sales tax, so if the simpsons ever has to pay sales tax that is false.
This also makes sense because in the episode “Please Homer Don’t Hammer ‘Em”, the arcade game Polybius appears briefly, and was only found in Portland, Oregon in 1981
This also confirms when the simpsons takes place, in 1981
Kinda surprised Matpat hasn't replied to this, this is pretty next-level cool.
@ConfuddledVeryIAm ik i was saying like or did they find it
@Tyler Hattery there has been zero proff of it and only signs of a arcade machine named polybis were fakes
maybe it wasn't found
Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable.
Grew up in Springfield Oregon. The real Springfield. We even have all the Simpson painted all over the city. Oh ya. And Matt lived in Oregon… Eugene Skinner. The main Springfield statue is a real statue at the UO…
There was this one episode's intro where it zooms in from space into the United States until it reaches Springfield which isn't anywhere near Oregon
I live in Oregon, and I love simpsons, so this was a score for me
Also, in the episode where the school sells recycling for money in "The Old Man and Lisa." I did some research and found that the only two states who would buy recycling in the 1990s were Mississippi and Oregon. That further proves the theory. Please read this matpat.
Joey's Classics lll
My cousins live in Oregon and they have recycling you can buy
Makes total sense
man Oregon is a cartoon legend. First the simpsons then Gravity falls?! whats next?!
In season 17 episode 11, homer has to drive bart to discipline camp in Portland because bart is on the no fly list and during the car ride homer says "stupid bart, makes me drive all the way to Oregon," which implies that they live in a different state and not Oregon. This disproves the theory that they live in Oregon and shows that Springfield isn't really supposed to be located in a specific state which I believe the writers did intentionally.
Literally Matt groening confirmed it was there in an interview
This theiory is actually true, the place the Simpsons live in is in fact based on Springfield Oregon (I know because I'm a current resident of Springfield Oregon, and I've lived here for most of my life). There's over a dozen Simpsons murals around town, there's even a tour you can go if you want to that featurs them all. (One of the biggest Simpsons murals is actually located near the Springfield Public Library/City hall).
If you look at the episode "Bart Star", you will find a King of the Hill reference in the show where Hank says how the trip to the football game in Springfield was 2,000 miles. Since Arlen in the King of the Hill world is based on the real city Arlington, you will find that Arlington (or Arlen) is basically 2,000 miles from Oregon on a map, further proving Matpat's theory. Here's a link to that specific part: ilaward.info/the/wyd-w/0YF2sZuZqqTXlGU
I’m surprised it wasn’t a Rick roll
@MightyMatthewGaming oh i see. thanks
@4n This is definitely a valid reason for possibly disproving MatPat's theory, but one thing you want to keep in mind is that one of his rules said that only seasons 1-9 are going to be used because the show changed executive producers. If you were to go by this, then this episode would be considered non canonical. Of course you do not need to and you can still work with the information.
in family guy season 13 episode 1 (Crossover Episode between Simpsons and Family Guy), it is stated that they live an hour and a half away from each other, and family guy lives in Rhode island. So it's impossible that it's in Oregon... We also see them driving from Rhode Island to Oregon. And since it takes about 47 hours and 26 minutes (Driving Time) from RI to OR. That pretty much disproves matpat's theory. I hope he makes part 2
By the way, when Family Guy and The Simpsons did a cross-over; Brain asks: "Which Springfield?" Stewie responds with: "I don't think we're allowed to say."
But wait... Doesn't springfield move away from the original "springfield" location? Maybe that explains why they seem to be in different states every time.
Springfield, Oregon huh? I always thought it was Springfield, Illinois due to their rivalry with Shelbyville, which happens to be a city in Illinois as well.
Gravity falls, Simpsons crossover was the first thing that came to my mind
This feels awesome, especially for the people from oregon(myself included)
For those that dont understan what means "El Viaje Misteriosos de Nuestro Homer", It means "The Mysterious Trip* of our Homer" *: Theres a lot of meaning of Viaje so I thought that trip was the best word.
Not to mention in the episode Bart on the Road s7 ep20 when Homer is checking the nuclear lightbulbs there is one on Springfield Oregon
The creator of of the Simpson’s is from Springfield Oregon. The town really stinks, there is no nuclear power plant though. There are murals of the Simpson’s all over the town too. Moes pub was a real place too. I learned most of this from people who grew up in Springfield Oregon when I moved there lol
@droidzilla22 i believe it went by a different name, I think it was like “Joe’s pub” or something like that. And he changed it to Moe
Is that part of the chowder chain? I knew about Moes chain of restaurants in Oregon where you could get chowder but didn't know if they served drinks too.
Damn, Bart drove quite a distance to Knoxville if Springfield is in Oregon...
Roughly 35 hours
I know someone the drove from Oregon to Boston
I still don't know why he eliminated Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.
The episode made it seem like they were on the road for days and they did end up having to fly back
Also there’s season 9 episode 19: Simpson tide. You can see Homer Navigating the submarine into Russian territorial waters from the Port of Springfield.
I always assumed that the Simpsons’ town of Springfield was the capital of Illinois
The Simpsons live in Oregon, I have 3 reasons: Somebodys license plate said OREGON, in an episode, Marge says “Best Camp in SouthWest Oregon” that simply implies they live in Oregon. My third reason is because I searched it up on the internet. Edit: Oh and Springfield has a beach,so they life near the sea.and oregon is near the sea,Matpat,the beach is in springfield,because why else would it be called Sprinfield Beach if it was in Las Vegas?
if you think the simpsons have a lot of mysteries, then your just getting started with "Futurama"
Can you do an explanation as to why Bart and Lisa’s hair is just a continuation of their skin?
Same with maggie
Maybe their "hair" is actually cartilage.
I know I'm a few years late to saying this: But the first clue was Matt Groening saying it outright in 2012.
it's way simpler to eliminate Washington cause in an episode in season 14, bart and Lisa go on a trip to Washington
Small bit of evidence thats is Oregon is that there are MANY bears in Oregon! Love you Matpat!
I always suspected Oregon, now there's probably a Springfield in every State (actually only 34 states but who cares), but Non American me only knows about the capital of Illinois and the one in Oregon, which is Matt Groening's home state.
So that means they're surprisingly close to the Mystery Shack.... odd
But hay, that's just a theory
this makes sense even more now that The Simpsons is Disney owned
I am from florida. I can agree
@FC's The Meme fair enough
This makes me think the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover "The Simpsons Guy" is a bit crazy. The Griffins live on Rhode island in the east, Oregon is on the west coast, they travel to Oregon by car, it takes 40 hours to travel from Rhode island to Oregon.