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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

Tuesday
May 31
9:00am
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
TV-G
9:36am
Andy's Rival
Andy worries that he is losing Helen to another teacher who seems to be an expert at everything.
TV-G
10:12am
The Bazaar
Andy is irate at his new deputy, Warren Ferguson, when he enforces the full letter of the law.
TV-G
10:48am
Aunt Bee The Swinger
Aunt Bee begins dating an ex-congressman named John Canfield.
TV-G
11:24am
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.
TV-G
5:09pm
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.
TV-G
5:46pm
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.
TV-G
6:23pm
The Hollywood Party
Andy falls for the beautiful actress who stars in Sheriff without a Gun. Back in Mayberry, Helen gets suspicious.
TV-G
7:00pm
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
TV-G
7:36pm
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
TV-G
Wednesday
June 1
9:00am
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.
TV-G
9:36am
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.
TV-G
10:12am
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.
TV-G
10:48am
The Hollywood Party
Andy falls for the beautiful actress who stars in Sheriff without a Gun. Back in Mayberry, Helen gets suspicious.
TV-G
11:24am
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
TV-G
5:00pm
The Cannon
Andy makes the mistake of allowing Warren to be in charge of security during the Founder's Day celebration.
TV-G
5:30pm
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.
TV-G
6:00pm
Aunt Bee Takes A Job
Aunt Bee decides to take a job as a receptionist at a new printing shop in Mayberry. Too bad she doesn't wonder why her bosses only use green ink.
TV-G
6:30pm
Church Organ
Clara Edwards turns on her feminine charms in order to secure a new church organ.
TV-G
7:00pm
Girl Shy
Warren's bad habit of sleepwalking gets him in hot water with Andy and Helen.
TV-G
7:30pm
Malcolm at the Crossroads
Malcolm Merriweather (Bernard Fox) and Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) make their final appearances in this episode about which one of the two is the best school crossing guard.
TV-G
Thursday
June 2
9:00am
The Cannon
Andy makes the mistake of allowing Warren to be in charge of security during the Founder's Day celebration.
TV-G
9:36am
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.
TV-G
10:12am
Aunt Bee Takes A Job
Aunt Bee decides to take a job as a receptionist at a new printing shop in Mayberry. Too bad she doesn't wonder why her bosses only use green ink.
TV-G
10:48am
Church Organ
Clara Edwards turns on her feminine charms in order to secure a new church organ.
TV-G
11:24am
Girl Shy
Warren's bad habit of sleepwalking gets him in hot water with Andy and Helen.
TV-G
5:09pm
Otis the Artist
Warren attempts to stop Otis from drinking by getting him interested in mosaics.
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5:46pm
The Return of Barney Fife
Barney makes a triumphal return to Mayberry to attend his high school reunion.
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6:23pm
Legend of Barney Fife
Barney is shamed into displaying his "legendary courage" by going after an escaped convict.
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7:00pm
Lost and Found
Aunt Bee frets when she loses a family heirloom.
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7:36pm
Wyatt Earp Rides Again
A traveling Wild West show comes to town, featuring the great-nephew of famed lawman Wyatt Earp.
TV-G