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The Andy Griffith Show

Howard McNear

Howard Sprague

Howard McNear began his career as a dramatic actor in theater, but discovered his flair for comedy on The George Gobel Show in the mid-'50s. Besides his role as Floyd Lawson, a staple player on The Andy Griffith Show, Howard McNear had a healthy career as a comic guest player on a number of TV shows, including The Twilight Zone, I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and Honey West. McNear also appeared in several big-screen productions, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Blue Hawaii and The Fortune Cookie, as well as recording the voices of several characters on the animated series The Jetsons. McNear suffered a stroke in the middle of the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show. He took some time off, but continued to make appearances on the show whenever his health permitted. He died in 1969.

Character Bio

Persnickety Howard Sprague is the town clerk, who continues to live at home with his mother long after he should have moved out on his own. The quintessential nerd, Howard is sweet and clueless to the eye rolls from his fellow Mayberrians as he annoys them with his presence.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Friday
August 29
6:22pm
The Horse Trader
Ignoring his own advice to Opie, Andy plays fast and loose with the facts when trying to sell the old town cannon.
TV-G
7:00pm
Those Gossipin' Men
After Andy teases the fairer sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men are gossips, too.
TV-G
7:30pm
The Beauty Contest
Andy is chosen to be the sole judge of a local beauty pageant. The entrants include Floyd's niece, the mayor's daughter and Ellie Walker.
TV-G
8:00pm
Alcohol and Old Lace
Andy and Barney, on a still-smashing spree, are surprised when a trail leads them to two spinster sisters.
TV-G
8:36pm
Andy And The Marriage Counselor
Andy counsels a Mayberry couple that constantly bickers.
TV-G
Tuesday
September 2
6:00pm
Mayberry on Record
Andy becomes suspicious when a record promoter comes to town to gather material for a folk music album.
TV-G
6:30pm
Andy Saves Barney's Morale
Barney's overzealous policing enrages the people of Mayberry.
TV-G
Wednesday
September 3
5:44pm
Andy and the Gentleman Crook
An infamous con artist, held temporarily in Mayberry, manages to enchant everyone except Andy.
TV-G
6:22pm
Cyrano Andy
Andy tries to help Barney express his love struck feelings for Thelma Lou.
TV-G