8.1
478 votes
Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

Discovery 2005

DIRTY JOBS profiles the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable -- yet vital -- ways. Our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe will introduce you to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench and overall ickiness to accomplish their daily tasks.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs - S9E5

#1 - None

9.00

Season 9 - Episode 5

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 1 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S2E16

#2 - Viewer's Choice

8.50

Season 2 - Episode 16

Mike answers questions from viewers and shows some of the many outtakes and deleted scenes from the show. Mike also does a new dirty job and goes to a dairy farm in Pennsylvania to milk some cows, feed a newborn calf, collect fresh cow poo for study, and do some of the daily maintenence on the feed mill. Mike ends the show by singing his own version of the Dirty Jobs theme song.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 8 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E13

#3 - Abandoned Mine Plugger

8.47

Season 4 - Episode 13

Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 17 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S6E22

#4 - Termite Researcher

8.33

Season 6 - Episode 22

Mike visits with long-time fans Marilyn and Carolyn Maedel to look at never-before-seen footage at a crawfish factory in Louisiana. Then, he experiences the many hands-on duties that come with being a termite researcher on Sapolo Island in Georgia.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 3 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E18

#5 - Locomotive Builder

8.21

Season 4 - Episode 18

Mike heads to MotivePower in Boise, Idaho to build and restore locomotives for his 200th dirty job.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 14 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E4

#6 - Leech Trapper

8.16

Season 4 - Episode 4

Mike teams up with the boys from Bartos Bait & Fish to catch leeches that will later be sold for fish bait. Then it's off to the Green Tripe factory in Hollister, CA where Mike helps make BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) for dogs.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 19 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S5E17

#7 - Soo Locks Technician

8.13

Season 5 - Episode 17

Mike goes to Michigan to join up with the 12 maintenance crew.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 15 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E6

#8 - Mannequin Factory

8.10

Season 4 - Episode 6

Mike helps break down some homes at the Windsorland Mobile Home Park to make room for a new shopping center. Next, he heads to Patina-V where he learns the art involved in creating a mannequin.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 20 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E2

#9 - Dirty Chip Maker

8.05

Season 4 - Episode 2

Mike heads to the Dirty Potato Chips factory and learns how potato chips are made and what it takes to keep the machines used to make them clean and in working order. Then it?s off to Rifle, CO where Mike attempts to clean a "monster" hidden underground.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 20 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S1E12

#10 - Micro-Algae Man

8.00

Season 1 - Episode 12

Mike begins by traveling to Palo Alto, CA to learn how to be a pet groomer, from cutting hair to giving baths. Mike then goes to Hawaii to turn happy green algae into unhappy red algae to be used as antioxidant gelcaps for human consumption. Finally, Mike goes to Missouri to learn how to be a charcoal factory worker. Mike ends the day with a barbeque and introduces us to the crew that help make the show.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 18 votes.

#11 - Dirtiest Water Jobs
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 9

Revisit of dirty jobs involving water: shark catcher/tagger ("Chinatown Garbage Collector"), golf ball diver ("Roadkill Cleaner"), oyster harvester ("Chick Sexer"), crawfish catcher ("Shrimper"), catfish noodler ("Worm Dung Farmer"), shrimper ("Shrimper")

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 14 votes.

#12 - Creepy Critters
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 10

Mike Rowe steps into the world of creepy critters and gets up close and personal with some small creatures. Mike talks about some of the behind the scenes moments from when he was an exterminator, a crab fisherman, a bee keeper/exterminator, worn farmer, and finally a bat biologist.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 21 votes.

#13 - Vomit Island Workers
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 6

Mike Rowe gets dirty as he braves the untamed world of Vomit Island, a place where few have ever been and even fewer would ever want to go. Mike's mission is to help band and count newly hatched herons on the poo covered island.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 15 votes.

#14 - Exotic Animal Keeper
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 13

Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty at a recycling center in San Francisco that requires their dump truck drivers to clean out the back of their dirty trucks after each shift. It's a dirty job that even Mike has a hard time completing.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 11 votes.

#15 - Sled Dog Breeder
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 21

Breeding and training Alaskan Huskies as sled dogs with Martin Buser; revisit of dirty jobs in Alaska: Bird ringing common terns and Canadian geese ("Abandoned Mine Plugger"), fishing and processing of fish ("Floating Fish Factory"), cleaning up diesel spill in Dutch Harbor, Alaska ("Ice Salvage Crew"), incinerating toilet cleaner ("Bologna Maker"). The mail bag portion was taped at the Soo Locks on the floor of the MacArthur Lock in front of the upstream bulkheads.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 10 votes.

#16 - Vellum Maker
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 23

Mike travels to Yakama, Washington to harvest hops, the main ingredient in beer. From there Mike goes to the Hudson Valley where he turns animal hides in to paper.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 9 votes.

#17 - Chicken Busters
8.00
Season 5 - Episode 16

Mike goes on the hunt for feral chickens on the streets of Miami.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 13 votes.

#18 - Barber's Assistant
8.00
Season 8 - Episode 5

Mike works at a barber shop in Mobile, Ala., and visits California to work as a landfill operator.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 15 votes.

#19 - Journey To Croc Country
8.00
Season 9 - Episode 3

Mike journeys down the Adelaide River to capture one of Australia's most deadly creatures: the crocodile. Then, after wrestling the wild crocs into the boat, he helps a scientist pump their stomachs and study their vomit.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 21 votes.

#20 - Shrimper
7.94
Season 1 - Episode 10

Mike goes to South Carolina and learns about shrimping. He also helps study the shrimp population in order to find out when it's time to open the shrimping season. Mike then goes to the swamps of Louisiana to catch some crawfish. Finally, Mike goes to Washington to clean up an illegal tire dump and recycle some tires.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Dirty Jobs from 17 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

Comments

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Wonderful show! Sad it ended.

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Only Mike Rowe could make doing dirty jobs funny and entertaining. I always learn something new to boot.

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