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This article is about the newspaper. For the building, see The Springfield Shopper Building.

The Springfield Shopper is the most popular and most dominant local newspaper in Springfield.


The paper was founded in 1883 by Johnny Newspaperseed, a small boy who travelled around America founding newspapers.

Over the years, the Shopper merged with the Springfield Times, Post, Globe, Herald, Jewish News, and Hot Sex Weekly, to become Springfield's largest newspaper[1].

The newspaper was also bought briefly by Charles Montgomery Burns, who was on a mission to control all the media in Springfield[2], and by the The Movementarians, an evil cult who were attempting to brainwash all Springfieldians[3].


The Shopper runs local news, world news, sports and opinion, as well as arts, religion, food and lifestyle coverage in the Lifeways section. It tends towards tabloid-like coverage, with past headlines including 'Woman Weds Ape', 'Hippo Promoted To Detective' and 'Crazed Mom Goes Topless' (Photos Pages 3–28).

The cost of the Springfield Shopper tends to vary between nothing and $1.00, with the average price being 25¢.

In Three Gays of the Condo, one of the men whom Homer moves in with is seen reading The New York Times. Homer is surprised and asks why is he reading the NYT even though he doesn't live in New York. The man replies that all the Springfield Shopper headlines are a joke.

Behind the Laughter[]

The Springfield Shopper is often a satire of the American press. In Springfield, Illinois, a real-life Springfield Shopper has been published since 1975.

An 8-page Springfield Shopper has been published, written by Simpsons creator Matt Groening himself. It was published inside a newspaper as a promotional feature advertising The Simpsons Movie.



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