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

Tuesday
August 30
9:00am
Emmett's Anniversary
Tightfisted Emmett Clark decides to throw caution to the wind and buy his wife Martha a mink coat as an anniversary gift.
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9:36am
The Wedding
When Howard's mother gets married and moves away, he decides to change his lifestyle and become a swinging bachelor. Guest Star: Terri Garr
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10:12am
Sam For Town Council
Emmett gets upset with Andy, Howard and Goober, when they decide to support local farmer Sam Jones for town council instead of him.
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10:48am
Opie and Mike
Young Mike Jones looks up to Opie as a big brother. However, their relationship is strained when Opie falls for a new girl in town.
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11:24am
A Girl For Goober
On a lark, lonely Goober Pyle decides to try a computer dating service.
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5:09pm
Ellie Comes to Town
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
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5:46pm
Irresistible Andy
Andy comes to believe that Ellie is a deadly female hunter out to marry him.
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6:23pm
Runaway Kid
Opie befriends an 8-year-old runaway.
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7:00pm
Andy the Matchmaker
Andy, trying to lift Barney's spirits, stages a minor robbery and tries to match his deputy with a shy seamstress.
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7:36pm
Opie's Charity
Andy becomes upset when Opie contributes a measly three cents to the Underprivileged Children's drive.
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8:12pm
A Feud is a Feud
Andy strives to end a long-running feud between two neighboring families.
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Wednesday
August 31
9:00am
Mayberry RFD
Sam Jones (Ken Berry) is joined in Mayberry by his old Army buddy Mario Vinchenti and his family.
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9:30am
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
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10:00am
Andy's Rival
Andy worries that he is losing Helen to another teacher who seems to be an expert at everything.
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10:30am
The Bazaar
Andy is irate at his new deputy, Warren Ferguson, when he enforces the full letter of the law.
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11:00am
Aunt Bee The Swinger
Aunt Bee begins dating an ex-congressman named John Canfield.
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11:30am
Warning From Warren
Warren believes that his powers of ESP are telling him to keep Andy and Helen from going to a picnic at Myers Lake.
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5:00pm
Opie's Charity
Andy becomes upset when Opie contributes a measly three cents to the Underprivileged Children's drive.
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5:30pm
A Feud is a Feud
Andy strives to end a long-running feud between two neighboring families.
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6:00pm
Ellie for Council
Ellie's decision to run for town council sparks a battle of the sexes.
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6:30pm
Stranger in Town
Mayberrians (especially Barney) become suspicious of a stranger who seems to possess knowledge about everyone.
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7:00pm
Maybery Goes To Hollywood
Almost everyone puts on airs when a Hollywood film crew decides to use Mayberry as the backdrop for a movie.
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7:30pm
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.
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8:00pm
Those Gossipin Men
After Andy teases the fairer sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men are gossips, too.
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Thursday
September 1
9:00am
Off to Hollywood
Andy decides to take Aunt Bee and Opie with him to watch the filming of the story of his life, Sheriff without a Gun, in Hollywood.
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9:30am
Taylors in Hollywood
Andy and Opie are shocked to see how horrible the production of Sheriff without a Gun is, but Aunt Bee thinks it's great.
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10:00am
The Hollywood Party
Andy falls for the beautiful actress who stars in Sheriff without a Gun. Back in Mayberry, Helen gets suspicious.
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10:30am
Aunt Bee on TV
Aunt Bee begins getting on her friend's nerves when she brags about winning on a game show while in California. Guest Star: William Christopher
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11:00am
The Cannon
Andy makes the mistake of allowing Warren to be in charge of security during the Founder's Day celebration.
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11:30am
A Man's Best Friend
Gullible Goober is taken in by Opie and a mischievous friend when they secretly plant a small walkie-talkie under Goober's dog's collar.
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5:00pm
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.
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5:30pm
Those Gossipin Men
After Andy teases the fairer sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men are gossips, too.
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6:00pm
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.
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6:30pm
Alcohol and Old Lace
Andy and Barney, on a still-smashing spree, are surprised when a trail leads them to two spinster sisters.
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7:00pm
Andy and the Marriage Counselor
Andy counsels a Mayberry couple that constantly bickers.
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7:30pm
Mayberry on Record
Andy becomes suspicious when a record promoter comes to town to gather material for a folk music album.
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8:00pm
Andy Saves Barney's Morale
Barney's overzealous policing enrages the people of Mayberry.
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