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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

Monday
December 29
9:00am
Bookie Barber
Floyd inadvertently allows a bookie to set up business in his barbershop.
TV-G
9:30am
Andy on Trial
A simple speeding ticket so enrages an out-of-town newspaper publisher, he sends an undercover reporter to Mayberry to dig up dirt on Sheriff Taylor.
TV-G
10:00am
Cousin Virgil
Barney's clumsy young cousin stops by for a visit and manages to wreak havoc at the courthouse.
TV-G
10:30am
Deputy Otis
Otis is allowed to pose as one of Andy's deputies in order to convince his visiting brother that he is not the black sheep his family was certain he would become.
TV-G
Tuesday
December 30
9:00am
Mr. McBeevee
Andy and Barney believe Opie is letting his imagination get the best of him when the boy describes a new friend who jingles when he walks and has 12 extra hands.
TV-G
9:36am
Andy's Rich Girlfriend
Upon discovering that Peggy comes from a wealthy family, Andy begins to worry that he is too unsophisticated for her.
TV-G
10:12am
Andy and the New Mayor
Andy butts heads with the town's strict new mayor (Parley Baer).
TV-G
Wednesday
December 31
9:00am
Andy and Opie Bachelors
Peggy looks after Andy and Opie while Aunt Bee is away, but Floyds teasing causes Andy to wonder if marriage is on her mind.
TV-G
9:30am
The Cow Thief
When cows in Mayberry begin to disappear, Mayor Stoner brings in a special investigator.
TV-G
10:00am
Barney Mends a Broken Heart
Barney, believing that Andy has split up with Peggy, begins a find-a-girl-for-Andy movement.
TV-G
10:30am
Lawman Barney
Barney is intimidated by a pair of ordinance-breaking produce farmers.Guest Star: Alan Melvin
TV-G