Dirty Jobs

10 Worst Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Host and everyman Mike Rowe gets the grimy scoop on downright nasty occupations.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

Dirty Jobs - S8E1

#10 - Lost in Aboriginal Land (Season 8 - Episode 1)

Mike Rowe works with Australia's northern coast Aboriginals, who have lived off the land for more than 40,000 years. It's a dirty adventure that leaves Mike speechless as he works and hunts (yes, hunts) with tribal leaders.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 28 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S3E17

#9 - Big Animal Vet (Season 3 - Episode 17)


Mike helps out at a BBQ restaurant and gets to help clean out the smoker. After that a trip to the farm to help out a big animal vet. For his last job Mike gets to help dig a tank out of the ground.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 17 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S6E14

#8 - Asphalt Paver (Season 6 - Episode 14)

In Nebraska, Mike Rowe takes a shot at paving roads. Then, in reply to a mailbag question about his favorite animal, he recalls the time he crossed paths with a tiger crossbreed in Texas.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 12 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S7E10

#7 - Onion Processor (Season 7 - Episode 10)


At Gills Onions, Mike Rowe slices, dices and tastes onions before cleaning out the juicing machine and parts of the reactor. Then, its off to the San Francisco Fire Department to help build wooden ladders.

The episode was rated 7.10 from 10 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E15

#6 - Goose Down Plucker (Season 4 - Episode 15)

Mike heads to Meridian, California to find out what it takes to harvest walnuts. Then he spends some time in Tulelake where he learns how to make goose down pillows and comforters.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 11 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S4E9

#5 - Maggot Farmer (Season 4 - Episode 9)


Mike moves a giant cactus in Arizona and then helps raise maggots on a farm in Idaho.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 19 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S5E11

#4 - Fireworks Technician (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Mike becomes a specialty fireworks technician in Addison, Pa. and then helps examine a cow with a hole in its stomach at Arkansas State University.

The episode was rated 6.87 from 15 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S8E11

#3 - Dirty Conversations 2 (Season 8 - Episode 11)


There are no second takes on Dirty Jobs, and this special shows you just what happens when you point real cameras at real people and let them talk ... while in Mike Rowes presence.

The episode was rated 6.83 from 12 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S6E20

#2 - Sponge Diver (Season 6 - Episode 20)

Mike heads to Tarpon Springs, Florida to help collect sponges off the sea floor. Then he answers viewer mail and recounts his struggle with a metal fence post at an abandoned mine.

The episode was rated 6.73 from 11 votes.

Dirty Jobs - S6E7

#1 - Pinsetter Mechanic (Season 6 - Episode 7)


Mike visits a bowling center in Fremont, Cal. and at the request of a fan turns the spotlight on his cameraman.

The episode was rated 6.53 from 15 votes.

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