Nickname: Spanky McFarland
Played By: George "Spanky" McFarland
Relatives: Emerson (father), Gaye (mother), Wilma (stepmother), Dorothy, Patsy (sisters), Dickie Moore, Breezy Brisbane, Porky (brothers), Grandmother
Clubs: The International Silver String Submarine Band, former member of Ancient And Honery Order Of Wood Chucks, former member of He-Man Woman-Hater's Club, The Wise Owl Club, former member of All-For-One Club, Sekret Revengers, 1-2-3-Go Safety Society
First Short: Free Eats
Last Short: Unexpected Riches
Spanky McFarland is one of the most famous and recognized Rascals in the entire series, but his debut seems a bit odd as his family structure and status was always changing. He is first seen as the younger brother of Breezy Brisbane in Spanky but much later as the younger brother of Dickie Moore in Birthday Blues. At times, his surname ranges from possibly being McComas, Moore, Treacy or McFarland. Of course, each situation can not be possible unless Spanky was sort sort of foster kid before getting adopted by the McFarlands. This theory could explain his homes at times with the Bleak Hill Boarding School and in the Happy Home Orphanage.
Earlier on, Spanky's best friend is Scotty Beckett, sometimes following the older kids on adventures and camping trips and often out-thinking them and coming better prepared. On a camping trip, Spanky and Scotty are the only ones to be smart enough to hitchhike to the camping site and bring food. After Scotty moves on, Spanky becomes friends with Alfalfa Switzer, who he met while his mother was dragging him into a local talent show, a memory he is not fond of at all. While Spanky is not against having his younger brother Porky tagging along, he is definitely against babysitting his baby sister, Baby Patsy and even Darla's brother, Junior. He also seems to have an older brother who later enters the army in Helping Hands, which could be Brisbane since Dickie would only have been eighteen at the time. (In the short, the brother's name is Bill, but this could be another name for Brisbane.)
In his youth, Spanky had a lot of spirit, often killing the bugs in the McComas house and discovering his father's stash of hidden cash. He's been a member of several clubs that never lasted very long. His mother wanted him to be an an entertainer, and Spanky wisely realized he wanted none of it, but he turned noble enough to try and win the cash when a cute girl needed it. Despite his aversion to talent shows, Spanky is a born entertainer with a bit of the mannerisms of Oliver Hardy, as seen when he gets irked by Alfalfa's ego, but he seems more involved in the behind-the-scenes aspects of the business as a producer and director, finding other kids with talent, as evident in his cellar shows. Doted over by his grandmother, he can be seen singing on corners, earning spending money on the golf course or throwing complicated stage shows in the cellar of his home, harkening back to the plays Breezy did in the barn on his father's property back when Spanky was killing bugs with a hammer. He can sing, tell jokes and pull off a weightlifting demonstration, something he calls his "old act." If only Porky wouldn't steal his thunder...
- "I don't wanna be shot, pop!" - Spanky in Wild Poses
- "Don't rush me, big boy..." - Spanky to Jerry in Hi'-Neighbor!
- "I don't want any!" - Spanky in Hook And Ladder
- "If I catch two fish, I'll give one to the minister." - Spanky in Little Sinner
- "Don't you order no spinach." - Spanky in The Pooch
- "Boy, I like chocolate clake." - Spanky in The Pooch
- "For the love of Pete, kiss him so I can go to sleep!" - Spanky to Mary Kornman in "Fish Hooky"
- "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool mom!" - Spanky in "Anniversary Trouble"
- "Dog biscuits - have one." - Spanky in Roamin' Holiday
- "Oh yeah?" - Spanky in Spanky (short)
- "Says you?" - Spanky in Spanky (short)
- Spanky was featured in the first two issues (1942) of Walt Kelly's Our Gang comic book series of the 1940s. Because Spanky had departed from the Our Gang film series and replaced by Happy, Walt Kelly did the exact same thing in his comic book series.
- Spanky also appeared in Dell's Little Rascals comic book series of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
- Spanky was voiced by Philip Tanzini in The Little Rascals Christmas Special, as well as in a series of animated Public Service Announcements.
- Spanky was voiced by Scott Menville for Hanna and Barbera's short-lived animated Little Rascals TV series of the 1980's.
- Spanky and other Little Rascals appeared in a series of Jello Gellatin Pops commercials during the 1980s. It's unknown who played Spanky for these commercials.
- Spanky was played by Travis Tedford in The Little Rascals movie in 1994.
- Jet Jurgensmeyer played Spanky in the film The Little Rascals Save the Day.