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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 - S4E13

#1 - Abandoned Mine Plugger


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 from 17 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E18

#2 - Locomotive Builder


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 from 14 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E4

#3 - Leech Trapper


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 from 19 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S5E17

#4 - Soo Locks Technician


Season 5 - Episode 17

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

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E6

#5 - Mannequin Factory


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 from 20 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E2
#6 - Dirty Chip Maker
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 from 20 votes.
Dirty Jobs - S1E12
#7 - Micro-Algae Man
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 from 18 votes.
Dirty Jobs - S2E9
#8 - Dirtiest Water Jobs
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 from 14 votes.
Dirty Jobs - S2E10
#9 - Creepy Critters
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 from 21 votes.
Dirty Jobs - S3E6
#10 - Vomit Island Workers
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 from 15 votes.

Last updated: jan 18, 2022



Wonderful show! Sad it ended.


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

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