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Howard McNear

The Andy Griffith Show

Howard McNear

Howard Sprague

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

Thursday
April 24
9:00am
Otis Sues the County
Otis hires a shyster attorney after he trips and falls while exiting his jail cell.
TV-G
9:30am
Barney Fife, Realtor
Barney tries to earn some extra money by becoming a real estate agent.
TV-G
10:00am
TV or Not TV
A group of crooks try to take advantage of Andy and Barney while posing as a television crew.
TV-G
10:30am
Guest in the House
A visiting young female friend of Aunt Bee's falls in love with Andy while on the rebound.
TV-G
11:00am
Banjo Playing Deputy
While Barney is away, Aunt Bee persuades Andy to deputize an inept musician friend of hers.
TV-G
5:09pm
Three Wishes for Opie
Superstitious Barney believes that the spirit of Count Istvan Teleky is the reason that wishes are coming true in Mayberry.
TV-G
5:46pm
Goober Takes a Car Apart
Andy wishes he had not allowed Goober to run the courthouse in his absence.
TV-G
6:23pm
The Lucky Letter
Barney is intimidated by Andy not to respond to a chain letter.
TV-G
7:00pm
Goober and the Art of Love
Goober goes out on an awkward date with Lydia Crosswaithe (Josie Lloyd).
TV-G
Friday
April 25
9:00am
The New Housekeeper
Andy and Opie make room in their home (and hearts) for a new housekeeper: Andy's Aunt Bee.
TV-G
9:30am
Manhunt
The state police ask Andy and Barney to step aside while they search for an escaped convict in Mayberry.
TV-G
10:00am
Guitar Player
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
TV-G
10:30am
Ellie Comes to Town
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
TV-G
11:00am
Irresistible Andy
Andy comes to believe that Ellie is a deadly female hunter out to marry him.
TV-G
5:09pm
Runaway Kid
Opie befriends an 8-year-old runaway.
TV-G
5:46pm
Andy the Matchmaker
Andy, trying to lift Barney's spirits, stages a minor robbery and tries to match his deputy with a shy seamstress.
TV-G
6:23pm
A Feud is a Feud
Andy strives to end a long-running feud between two neighboring families.
TV-G
7:00pm
Ellie for Council
Ellie's decision to run for town council sparks a battle of the sexes.
TV-G
Monday
April 28
9:00am
9:30am
10:00am