The Simpsons

While it’s obvious that an animated show such as “The Simpsons” does not have any actual filming locations, there are a few real world replicas that do a good job of recreating the town of Springfield.

A full scale recreation of The Simpsons house was built in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.  The house was designed to be an exact replica, with the builders studying over 100 episodes for the series in an attempt to match every detail.  When the house was first unveiled, it was painted in the same colors as the show.  The home was built as part of a promotional contest in 1997 from the TV network, where the winner could choose between having the house or the cash value of the property at the time, $75,000.  The winner ended up choosing the latter and the home unfortunately went up for sale and became just another private home.  There is even an image of Homer by series creator Matt Groening drawn into the cement of the sidewalk leading to the front door.  If only a fan with more enthusiasm for the show had won, the home could have been turned into a tourist attraction for fans to come and visit.  Nevertheless, looking at the outer facade of the home, you can still see the resemblance to the cartoon.

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LOCATION: 712 Red Bark Ln, Henderson, NV 89011

Something much better suited for fans of the show is the Springfield area of Universal Studios Hollywood.  Many recreations of the show exist there, in the form of restaurants, rides and stores.  Here is a sign welcoming guests to Springfield.

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LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Here is Moe’s Tavern, with the Springfield sign and power plant in the background.

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Here is Barney inside Moe’s Tavern, looking for a refill.

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Here is the Kwik-E-Mart.

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Millhouse is outside enjoying a beverage.

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Krusty Buger.

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Lard Lad Donuts, the mascot for which is something of a hybrid between Bob’s Big Boy and Randy’s Donuts.

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Here is the Springfield Police Station, where Eddie and Lou keep an eye on things.

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Meanwhile, Snake is escaping the jail directly above them.

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Nearby, Chief Wiggum has crashed his police car into a pole.

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Here is the Springfield Department of Motor Vehicles, where Patty and Selma work.

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Here is the office of Dr. Nick Riviera.

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Disco Stu has closed up shop due to an injury.

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Krustyland, where The Simpsons Ride is located.

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Cletus is running a chicken restaurant.

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Here’s a Duff’s hot dog shop, with the brewery in the background.

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Last, but not least, we leave you with the Bumblebee Man’s taco truck.

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Conan O’Brien

You may or may not know that you can see almost any television talk show for free.  There are worse ways to spend an afternoon, if you’re curious to check one out.  Just a warning, if you do, be prepared to endure long lines, sitting in waiting areas and a pretty fast taping, once you finally do get to the stage.  The shows need to provide a lot of daily content, so it’s all done very efficiently and like clockwork.  Just remind yourself it’s free.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can check out Conan.  The late night show tapes at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA.  One upside with Conan is he’s very interactive with the audience and feeds off every reaction they give him.  While photography and video are not permitted during the taping of the show, you can see a shot at the stage from when the show was not taping.

LOCATION: 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505

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Upon arrival, you’ll wait with the event staff, where you can take pics with a couple Conan statues.  There’s also a Conan merchandise stand.

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Just outside of the show’s stage, you’ll find these life size Conan creations.

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You’ll also get a glimpse of the Warner Bros. studio as you make your way to and from the stage, but it will be quite limited what you see.  To check out the wide array of sets and props the lot has to offer, we’d recommend purchasing a studio tour pass.