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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
July 25
6:00pm
Sheriff Barney
Impressed by Mayberry's low crime-rate, officials from a neighboring town ask Barney to become their sheriff.
TV-G
6:30pm
The Farmer Takes a Wife
A gregarious farmer comes to town to choose a wife. Unfortunately for Barney, he chooses Thelma Lou.
TV-G
7:00pm
Keeper of the Flame
Opie joins a secret kids club, headquartered in a neighboring farmer's barn. When the barn goes up in flames, more than one secret is revealed.
TV-G
7:30pm
Bailey's Bad Boy
A spoiled young man, arrested for speeding, threatens to use his father's clout against Andy unless charges are dismissed.
TV-G
8:00pm
The Manicurist
A voluptuous manicurist sets up shop in Mayberry and unintentionally provokes trouble between husbands and wives.
TV-G
8:30pm
The Jinx
Barney becomes convinced that a local man is a true jinx.
TV-G
Monday
July 28
9:00am
Jailbreak
Barney inadvertently allows a fugitive to escape from the Mayberry Jail.
TV-G
9:30am
A Medal for Opie
Opie displays poor sportsmanship after finishing last in the 50-yard dash at the annual Sheriff's Boys Day meet.
TV-G
10:00am
Barney And The Choir
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, which isn't exactly music to his fellow choir members' ears.
TV-G
6:30pm
Guest of Honor
A traveling salesman passing through town is selected as Mayberry's guest of honor. Unfortunately, he's a pickpocket.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Merchant of Mayberry
Andy helps a frazzled local salesman become established -- to the chagrin of feisty Ben Weaver.<
TV-G
7:36pm
Aunt Bee The Warden
When the Mayberry jail cells are full, Andy has little choice but to temporarily incarcerate town drunk Otis Campbell in his home.
TV-G
8:12pm
The Country Nurse
Mayberry's county nurse, Mary Simpson, is determined to give tetanus shots to everyone who needs one.
TV-G
Tuesday
July 29
9:00am
Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
Believing that her presence is holding Andy back from pursuing a wife, Aunt Bee considers a relationship with a man she can barely tolerate -- dry cleaner H. Fred Goss.
TV-G
9:30am
Bookie Barber
Floyd inadvertently allows a bookie to set up business in his barbershop.
TV-G
6:22pm
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
7:00pm
Cousin Virgil
Barney's clumsy young cousin stops by for a visit and manages to wreak havoc at the courthouse.
TV-G
7:30pm
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
8:00pm
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
8:30pm
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