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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
November 3
10:10am
Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
Attracted by her rose poetry and fine cooking, Briscoe Darling kidnaps Aunt Bee. Guest Star: Denver Pyle
TV-G
10:45am
Gomer, The House Guest
Gomer, having lost his job and living quarters in one fell swoop, takes up temporary residence in the Taylor household.
TV-G
Tuesday
November 4
10:10am
A Black Day for Mayberry
A truck carrying gold is scheduled to travel through Mayberry while en route to Fort Knox.
TV-G
10:45am
Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain
Opie is rewarded with a new bike after receiving straight As.
TV-G
Wednesday
November 5
10:10am
Up in Barney's Room
Barney's dear friend and landlord Mrs. Mendelbright kicks him out of his room after being taken in by an elderly con man.
TV-G
10:45am
A Date for Gomer
Girl-shy Gomer Pyle is asked to escort Thelma Lou's homely cousin, to the Chamber of Commerce dance. Guest Star: Mary Grace Canfield
TV-G