- List of fictional locations in The Simpsons
This list of fictional locations in The Simpsons includes towns, cities, business states, and other locations created for the
televisionseries " The Simpsons". This list only includes places that exist solely in the "Simpsons" universe, not real-life locations that have appeared on the show.
Springfield is the setting of the series and the home of the
Simpson family. It is located near Shelbyville and Capital City in a fictional state of the United Stateswhose name is never mentioned in the series. Founded in 1796 by Jebediah Springfield, Springfield is a small city with a nuclear power plant, several schools, a variety of wealthy and impoverished neighborhoods, Moe's Tavern, and Barney's Bowl-A-Rama. It is also the location of the worldwide headquarters of the Motherloving Sugar Corporation.
Shelbyville is Springfield's neighbor and rival city. It was founded in 1796 by Shelbyville Manhattan, who advocated cousin marriage among his followers, causing a split between himself and Jebediah Springfield. An intense rivalry between the two cities continues today, especially in the sixth season episode "
Lemon of Troy", in which Shelbyville residents steal a prized lemon tree from Springfield. In several episodes, " Lemon of Troy" in particular, it is suggested that Shelbyville is somewhat an alternate universe from Springfield.
Capital City, often spelled Capitol City, is the capital and largest city in Springfield's state. It is a major urban center, hosting major sports events, conventions, and
United Nationsconferences. Its nickname is "The Windy Apple", derived from New York City's "The Big Apple" and Chicago's "The Windy City". Landmarks include the main Duff brewery, the "cross-town" suspension bridgeresembling San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, [according to a man who has seen the Golden Gate bridge on TV] the Capital City Stadium, the Capital City Amphitheatre, and the intersection of 4th and D streets. Capital City is the city where Principal Skinner grew up, and also serves as a temporary residence when Bart runs away from home (by renting a loft apartment in the city's downtown). In the episode Dancin' Homer, Homer takes off his clothes in the capitol city.
Brockway and Ogdenville
Two towns mentioned by Lyle Lanley (voiced by
Phil Hartman) as towns to which he's sold monorail systems (episode " Marge vs. the Monorail"). Ogdenville has also been mentioned in other episodes such as " Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield.
North Haverbrook was first mentioned by Lyle Lanley in
Marge vs. the Monorail. Marge arrives in North Haverbrook and finds a desolate ghost town, as the faulty monorail derailed, causing a disaster and scaring away investors. North Haverbrook locals have since denied the monorail's existence, as Marge is met by a woman who works at the 'Monorail Cafe' and orders Marge to "Go away, there is no monorail and never was!" Lanley is later attacked by the citizens of the town after his plane makes an unscheduled stop there.
North Haverbrook also appeared in "
Little Big Girl". After Bart is awarded a driver's license, he gets sick of countless errands and goes for a drive and eventually finds North Haverbrook, and falls in love with a girl named Darcy. In this episode, the town appears to have recovered well from the monorail disaster, as it is now changed from a ghost town to a thriving community with multiple businesses Bart enjoys. All signs of the monorail have also disappeared.
Aztec Theater is the downtown movie theater in Springfield. The first known appearance was in
The Telltale Headwhere Bart and the school bullies Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph all sneak into the theater through the fire escape to watch "Space Mutants IV". The theater was used to screen the premiere of Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie in the .
Bowl-A-Rama (also known as Barney's Bowl-A-Rama) is the bowling alley in Springfield. The Bowl-A-Rama has appeared several times in Simpsons episodes. The very first known appearance is the episode
Life on the Fast Lanewhere Homer forgets Marge's birthday and after rushing out to purchase a gift, he ends up buying a bowling ball. Marge is insulted at the fact her gift from Homer was something obviously intended for his own personal use given the fact the ball had Homer's name engraved on it. Marge decides she will keep the gift for her own use and goes bowling for the first time. This is seen destroyed in The Simpsons Movie.
In the episode "
And Maggie Makes Three", Homer tells the family the story of Maggie's birth. In this story, Homer explains how he quit his job at Springfield Nuclear Power Plantto work at the Bowl-A-Rama, which was Homer's dream job. This episode reveals where the bowling pins go after they are knocked over; the pins are shown ending up in a heap and new pins are manufactured instantly to replace those knocked over.
The Bowl-A-Rama is used in the episode "
Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" as a way of smuggling beer into Moe's Tavern. In this episode, alcoholis banned in Springfield and Homer begins bootlegging beer he uncovered from the city dump. The beer is poured into bowling balls and Homer then bowls the ball into the gutter at the Bowl-A-Rama; the ball then falls into a pipe leading to Moe's Tavern where Moe charges an outrageous price.
King Toots is a music store located next door to Moe's Tavern. The store sells musical instruments and is the place where Lisa's saxophone was purchased. The most notable appearance of King Toots Music Store was in "
Lisa's Pony" where Lisa asks Homer to pick up a new reed for her saxophone for her recital. Homer heads to the store after work and realizes Moe's is next door; since the store wasn't to close for 5 minutes, Homer decides to have a quick beer first. Homer finishes his beer with 15 seconds to spare only to find the store owner has closed early. Homer goes back to Moe's fortunately to find the owner of the store and after much convincing from Homer and Moe the owner opens up to sell Homer a reed. Unfortunately, Homer is too late for Lisa's recital. Another appearance was in " Lisa's Sax" where after Lisa's saxophonewas run over by a truck, as a result of a fight between Bart and Lisa, Homer tells the story of how Lisa first got her sax. King Toots is seen briefly during the opening of The Simpsons Movieand later while the dome is being put over Springfield.
Krusty Burger is a fast food chain owned by
Krusty the Clownas one of the many products and services owned by Krusty. Krusty Burger is seen as a parody of a typical fast food chain such as McDonald'sor Burger King; a typical store features a Drive-Thru with a speaker box and most of the employees are young teenage workers. In the episode " 22 Short Films About Springfield", the Springfield police are comparing the differences between Krusty Burger and McDonalds, a parallel of the "Royale With Cheese" discussion seen in Pulp Fiction. This can be seen in The Simpsons Movieduring the dome sequence after Homer and Bart buy lunch by themselves and with the family.
It appears that Krusty Burger is located across the entire
United States; in the episode " Boy-Scoutz n the Hood", Homer loses the map of the rafting route but tells the group that luckily he has brought a map along. It happens to be a map of the entire United States with locations of Krusty Burger restaurants. There is actually a Krusty Burger located on an off shore Oil Rig; it was seen after Homer, Bart, Ned Flanders, and Rod Flanders had been lost at sea several days and were saved from starvation after finding it. In the episode " I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can" it was also revealed that Krusty Burger operates in different markets across the USA when Krusty Burger has a new burger called the "Ribwich." After the Ribwich stopped selling in Springfield, Homer and group of Ribwich fans known as the "RibHeads" followed the "Ribwich tour" as the Ribwich was tested in various markets.
Kwik-E-Mart is a convenience store located in Springfield and run by
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. The Kwik-E-Mart first appeared in the first season episode " The Telltale Head". The episode " Homer and Apu" suggests that Apu is an employee of the Kwik-E-Mart and after losing his job there had to travel to Indiawhere the Kwik-E-Mart head office is located, in the Himalayas. However, Apu mentions at a bachelor auction that he runs his own business in " The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons".
In addition to the sale of food, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and other items offered at a typical convenience store, gas pumps have been shown in front on two occasions. In the episode "
Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", Bart is visiting Principal Skinner at Fort Springfield. Skinners tells his troops to hold their fire and a mortar is fired in the wrong direction; the scene cuts to Apu standing in front of the Kwik-E-Mart bragging about his 8 new pumps just as a shadow from the mortar appears, and back to Fort Springfield where a 'K' from the Kwik-E-Mart lands in smoke. The episode " Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield" also shows the pumps where Apu refuses to go out and serve a customer on the forecourt.
In July 2007, convenience store chain
7-Elevenconverted 11 of its stores in the United States and one in Canada into Kwik-E-Marts to celebrate the release of " The Simpsons Movie".]
Try n' Save
Bart was caught shoplifting here. Told by security to never return, he was forced to back to the store for family photographs. Caught again, his shoplifting was reveled and his relationship with Marge threatened.
pringfield Elementary School
Springfield Elementary School is the school that Bart and Lisa attend. It was revealed to once be the most dilapidated school in
Missouriand was moved to Springfield brick by brick. Springfield has a computer-less computer lab, a less than enthusiastic staff, and a group of very uneducated students. On many occasions, it has been said that Lisa is the only one keeping the school going. There are several subjects that have been cut, such as geography (which was proving to be an embarrassment), math, music, gym, and art (due to a lack of funding), but returned when a situation called for it. The majority of Springfield's adults attended Springfield Elementary in " The President Wore Pearls". The school is horribly underfunded. For instance, there is a cinder block in place of a tether ball, and it has several grossly incompetent teachers.Ironically, Springfield Elementary was the only building not damaged in The Simpsons Movie.
Springfield University is a large and prestigious college which Homer attended in the episode "
Homer Goes to College", the third episode of the fifth season. It teaches several different courses, including nuclear physics, arts management, and the meaning of cartoons.
pringfield A & M
Springfield U's rival school, mentioned in the episodes "Homer Goes to College" and "
pringfield High School
Springfield High School is rarely seen because there are very few teenage characters in The Simpsons. Springfield High School is most often seen in flashbacks, notably in "
The Way We Was" when Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met. Springfield High School is seen in the present time in "The Front" when Marge and Homer have their High School reunion there.
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