Dirty Jobs

Continuing Wednesday / 7:00pm Discovery US 45 min.
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.

Season 9

6 Episodes

Feb 06 2022
Mike Rowe crams into a hockey arena's escalator where he scrapes and cleans a special kind of shmutz from the bottom. Then, he and a zoo keeper venture into the hot, treacherous Arizona desert at night to round up neurotoxic stinging scorpions.
Jan 30 2022
Mike sucks rocks off an industrial roof with a massive vacuum. He then travels to the Black Hills to carve the largest monument in the world: Crazy Horse. Both stories involve several generations working together to pass on their life's ambitions.
Jan 23 2022
Mike visits a ship-building community in Coden, Ala., to learn the ins-and-outs of building a tugboat; he makes a long climb to the top of a dirty water tower in Magee, Miss., to clean inside the tank.
Jan 16 2022
Mike Rowe joins a fourth-generation fisherman's crew in Georgia as they harvest cannonball Jellyfish for food, a trade known as Jellyballing. Then Mike helps a father-son team install epoxy flooring at a restaurant in time for the dinner rush.
Jan 09 2022
Mike installs rebar with a team of rodbusters, then he galvanizes steel.
Jan 02 2022

Season 8

4 Episodes

Mike and his crew travel deep into the Australian Outback to strike it rich with a group of opal miners. And then, with this already a dirty adventure with dangerous work and extreme temperatures, production is almost brought to a halt by a fly infestation.
Sep 12 2012
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.
Sep 05 2012
In Australia, Mike Rowe teams up with local business "Snakes Away" to capture a poisonous Eastern brown snake without getting bitten, then joins a posse of local "toadbusters" in their war against the cane toad, a non-indigenous species destroying the local ecosystem.
Aug 29 2012
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.
Aug 22 2012

Season 7

11 Episodes

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.
Feb 21 2012
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.
Feb 14 2012
A radio-communications tower rises in North Dakota; Mike visits a Hollywood soundstage to commemorate his experiences in all 50 states.
Feb 07 2012
Mike takes another look back at some of the unusual and quirky conversations he's had with his dirty co-workers. Using 99.9% never-before-seen footage, this special is an entertaining look at the art of communication.
Jan 31 2012
Mike Rowe passes a surprisingly tranquil -- and highly entertaining -- day at Medical Waste Transport, Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Jan 24 2012
Working with the Knights of Revelry, a 137-year-old secret society, Mike Rowe assembles evil-spirit-warding cow bladders for the Knights Mardi Gras parade float.
Jan 17 2012
Mike works at a barber shop in Mobile, Ala., and visits California to work as a landfill operator.
Jan 10 2012
Mike becomes a water softener technician in Minnesota, and works as a coin washer at a San Francisco hotel.
Jan 03 2012
Mike assists the Millennium Seed Bank Project, which preserves seeds that could be replanted following a catastrophic event, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Dec 27 2011
Mike travels to a remote area near Moab, Utah, to take on the job of being a paleontologist.
Dec 20 2011
Mike travels to New Mexico to work as a Fish Squeezer with the Department of Game and Fish. Then he heads to Virginia to practice the ancient art of pet acupuncture on a goat named Lilly.
Dec 13 2011

Season 6

23 Episodes

Revisit of jobs related to family with Mike visiting his parents: crab fisherman ("Vexcon"), maggot farmer ("Maggot Farmer"), leech trapping ("Leech Trapper"), candy maker ("Fuel Tank Cleaner"), coffee plantation ("Ostrich Farmer"), worm grunter ("Worm Grunter"), mealworm farm ("Cricket Farmer"), walnut harvester ("Goose Down Plucker"), bell maker ("Bell Maker"), raw meat dog food maker ("Leech Trapper"), goat milk soap maker ("Reef Ball Maker"), sponge diver ("Sponge Diver"), mobile butcher ("Custom Meat Processor")
Mar 08 2011
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.
Mar 01 2011
Mike works on a fish processing boat in the Bering Sea and cleans out the fish grinder. Then he heads to the Rapid River Rustic Mill to lend a hand with debarking, peeling and processing wood for a cedar log cabin.
Feb 22 2011
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.
Feb 15 2011
Mike visits the Jelly Belly Candy Company to concoct a dirty boot flavored jelly bean based on his own sweaty, grimy, filthy pair of work boots. Then he travels to Maine to harvest blueberries and joins the "Pie Ladies" in a pie bakeoff.
Feb 08 2011
Mike learns how to make a pig delicacy known as scrapple and later becomes a shoe doctor's assistant.
Feb 01 2011
Mike takes a look at America's report card on its infrastructure and also salutes the workers who help preserve it.
Jan 25 2011
Mike installs a metal power pole in Wyoming and later learns about how to remove lice from hair in San Francisco.
Jan 18 2011
Mike visits a distillery, where he turns molasses into rum, hauls hoses, scours copper and works with scalding liquid.
Jan 11 2011
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.
Dec 22 2010
Mike answers viewer mail and pollinates date palm trees in Palm Springs.
Dec 28 2010
Mike Rowe takes a look at never-before-seen footage featuring unusual, skewed and quirky conversations Mike has had with a colorful array of characters.
Dec 21 2010
Dec 14 2010
Dec 07 2010
Nov 30 2010
Mike visits a forensic entomology lab where he helps inspect pig carcasses for maggots and other insects.
Nov 28 2010
Mike visits a bowling center in Fremont, Cal. and at the request of a fan turns the spotlight on his cameraman.
Nov 23 2010
Mikes learns how to make yarn from fleece and waxes hair off of his friend at a day spa.
Nov 21 2010
Mike learns how to install a lightning rod on a home in Lucedale, Miss.
Nov 16 2010
Mike visits an old-fashioned corn mill in De Kalb, Miss. Also, Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic deer in Wills Point, Texas.
Nov 09 2010
Mike helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in battling the sea lamprey population that threatens the fishing industry of the Great Lakes. Also, Mike makes meat gel to feed fish in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino's shark reef aquarium.
Nov 02 2010
Mike tries to evade and outsmart a team of bloodhounds while posing as a stand-in fugitive in Texas. Also, Mike takes on non-native, invasive species in the Florida Everglades.
Oct 26 2010
Mike visits a Texas ranch that breeds exotic animals like sloths, lemurs, camels, and bearcats.
Oct 19 2010

Season 5

22 Episodes

A special episode which looks back at previous episodes as Mike offers employment tips hes learned over the years.
Jun 14 2010
With a hiatus looming, Mike tries to secure employment for the "Dirty Jobs" crew and reflects on their contributions.
Feb 23 2010
Mike reminisces about jobs where he had to work in tight spaces, including the time he cleaned the inside of a buoy, his adventure in an abandoned mine, and an insulation application assignment beneath a home.
Feb 16 2010
Mike visits a bone black plant in Michigan and then talks about his five dirtiest jobs.
Feb 09 2010
Mike creates some concrete counter-tops and fire pits in Moss Landing, California and then reminisces about the scariest job he's ever done.
Feb 02 2010
Mike goes to Michigan to join up with the 12 maintenance crew.
Jan 26 2010
Mike goes on the hunt for feral chickens on the streets of Miami.
Jan 19 2010
Mike goes to work at a cricket farm in Augusta, Georgia and later becomes a camel rancher at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, California.
Jan 12 2010
Mike goes to Southern California to handle skunks and other pests as an animal control specialist.
Jan 05 2010
Mike travels to San Francisco to participate in the messy process of paint bulking. Then he heads to Wagner's Sugar Camp in Pennsylvania to spend the day making delicious maple syrup the old-fashioned way.
Dec 29 2009
Mike goes to Florida to harvest clams at the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve and later attempt to worm-grunt in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Dec 22 2009
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.
Dec 15 2009
Mike goes to Hawaii to learn how to make dirt shirts at The Original Dirt Shirt Company. Then he heads off to Reno, Ohio to learn how to make marbles.
Dec 08 2009
Mike goes to Kentucky to try his hand at shrink-wrapping a houseboat. Then he heads off to Palmer, Alaska to spend a day working at a reindeer farm.
Dec 01 2009
Mike reflects back on his more hazardous apprenticeships and makes a case for safety.
Nov 24 2009
Mike journeys to Wenatchee, Washington to help maintain a hydroelectric dam. Then he explores a fish bypass system where he catches and tags fish and winds up wading through a pool of fish poop.
Nov 17 2009
Mike goes to Jonesboro, Arkansas to perform dung beetle research. Then he heads to Williamstown, West Virginia to try his hand at making glass art.
Nov 10 2009
Mike recycles computers before heading to Hawaii to make tofu.
Nov 03 2009
Mike works at the country's only Dromedary camel dairy.
Oct 27 2009
Toilet Crusher & alligator snapping turtle researcher
Oct 20 2009
High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)
Oct 13 2009
Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.
Oct 06 2009

Season 4

21 Episodes

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.
Apr 12 2009
Mike takes the day off to get a physical examination, leaving Executive Producers Eddie Barbini and Craig Piligian to host the show: servicing porta-potties and making custom-fabricated alloy wheels for Boyd Coddington Wheels
Mar 03 2009
Mike takes a look back at his previous jobs, toughest co-workers, and his ongoing encounters with dirt and poo. With additional footage from "Skull Cleaner" and "Turkey Inseminator"
Feb 24 2009
Mike heads to MotivePower in Boise, Idaho to build and restore locomotives for his 200th dirty job.
Feb 17 2009
Mike ventures to Payette, Idaho to learn how to make high quality bird food. Then he heads to Yarnell, Arizona to collect spiders from the desert to milk them for their venom.
Feb 10 2009
Mike journeys to Queen Creek, Arizona to press olives into oil and then heads to Sacramento, California to clean dirty diapers.
Feb 03 2009
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.
Jan 27 2009
Mike takes a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles to find out about the important work being done in Pit 91. Then Mike travels north where he learns about rendering and discovers how much of a farm animal can be recycled.
Jan 20 2009
Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.
Jan 13 2009
Mike heads to Pennsylvania and tries his hand at making bologna and then goes to Alaska to repair a very special toilet.
Jan 06 2009
Mike takes a look back at some of his former coworkers who should be role models for the green movement.
Dec 16 2008
Mike Rowe cleans out a Connecticut lake and then turns gourds into artwork in Pennsylvania.
Dec 09 2008
Mike moves a giant cactus in Arizona and then helps raise maggots on a farm in Idaho.
Dec 02 2008
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.
Nov 25 2008
Mike visits a Chicken Farm to see how eggs make it to the store. There, he finds out that 1.4 million chickens equal a lot of poo, which he gets the chance to clean. Later, Mike learns how dirty dirt becomes clean dirt as he sterilizes soil in Oklahoma.
Nov 18 2008
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.
Nov 11 2008
Mike takes a look at what dirty jobs past presidents once performed. This Dirty Jobs Extravaganza will leave us all looking at the country in a new way.
Nov 04 2008
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.
Oct 28 2008
Mike helps saw down a giant concrete wall at an auto dealership in order to make way for a new wash bay. Then he heads to a sheep farm where he tries shearing and castrating a sheep and is treated to a pate of Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Oct 21 2008
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.
Oct 14 2008
Mike hooks up with the tar rigging crew on the oldest active merchant ship in the world, the Star of India in San Diego. Then, Mike looks back at some of the dirtiest tools he's used, all which make life simpler for the rest of us.
Oct 07 2008

Season 3

34 Episodes

In this special episode of Dirty Jobs Mike heads to the edge of the Arctic Circle, on the northeast side of Canada's Baffin Island in search of one of the most mysterious sharks known to man: the Greenland shark.
Jul 29 2008
Mike looks back on several of the Dirty Jobs that help to clean up the environment. From geothermal drilling, to wood and tire salvage, to building cobb homes, one thing seemed constant: in order to be green, you usually have to get brown first.
Jun 16 2008
Mike first visits Terressentials where natural organic hair care products are made out of mud. He then returns to Montana to do some more work with big animal vet Charlene Esch. Finally, Mike joins forces with the yak and bison rancher who put him to work in his 150th Dirty Job.
Jun 09 2008
Mike heads to an Oklahoma wind farm and learns that going green sometimes means you've got to get brown first. Then he heads to Kentucky to clean out a sinkhole that some have unfortunately turned into a garbage dump.
Jun 02 2008
Mike gets dirty in Alaska as he helps protect the environment by cleaning up an oil spill. He then travels to Minnesota where he works to pull a car out of a lake that has fallen through the ice.
May 19 2008
Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation, turkey artificial insemination, viewer mail, car crusher
May 12 2008
Mike heads to the site of a future California neighborhood where he learns that there's more to erosion control than one might think. Then Mike gets a bird's eye view of Palm Springs as he helps maintain and repair the tram 8,500 feet above the city.
May 05 2008
Inside an Indiana dairy farm, Mike learns how to milk a cow and use a blow torch to clean her udders. Then, Mike gets the inside scoop on how to inseminate a cow. Finally, he gets an up-close look at fatherhood as he helps deliver baby calves.
Apr 28 2008
Mike travels to Alaska for an adventure aboard a fish processing ship.
Apr 21 2008
Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty with some of the dirtiest jobs in New York City. First Mike climbs to the top of a giant building to build a water tower and then he masters the art of elevator repair.
Apr 14 2008
Mike Rowe Revisits jobs involving food: Coffee plantation ("Ostrich Farmer"); fish farmer ("Vomit Island Workers"); potato farmer ("Turkey Farmer"); oyster shucker ("Rose Parade Float Dismantler"); boudin sausage maker ("Skull Cleaner"); viewer mail asking about top 10 memorable tastes: ground crab shells ("Vexcon"), geoduck stomach ("Geoduck Farmer"), fish mash (marine mammal rescuer, "Ostrich Farmer"), termite insecticide ("Termite Controller"), tortilla chip from dirty kitchen ("Bio-Diesel Man"), mealworms ("Bat Cave Scavenger"), crawfish ("Shrimper"), cob ("Bio-Diesel Man"), mussels ("Alpaca Shearer"), animal bodily fluids ("Big Animal Vet"); candy maker ("Fuel Tank Cleaner")
Feb 26 2008
Mike Rowe looks back at jobs involving tight spaces: stripping and painting inside of Mackinac Bridge tower ("Bridge Painter"), replacing pipe underneath house ("Plumber"), KC-135R Stratotanker fuel tank cleaner and boom operator ("Fuel Tank Cleaner"), Stamford hurricane barrier zinc anode changer ("Bell Maker"), storm drain cleaner ("Mushroom Farmer"), cleaning the inside of the boilers of the steam yacht Medea ("Steam Ship Cleaner")
Feb 19 2008
Mike Rowe gets dirty in Death Valley, CA preparing for a gem and mineral show. He then helps save injured birds from a nearby salt lake. Finally, he gets dirty working at a rice plantation in South Carolina.
Feb 12 2008
Mike Rowe gets dirty making handmade bricks in South Carolina. He then masters the art of cranberry farming in Oregon.
Feb 05 2008
Mike Rowe gets dirty in Oregon making shingles and then jumps on a Coast Guard ship to clean dirty buoys.
Jan 29 2008
Mike Rowe works with a cave biologist and then braves the high seas in search of slime eels.
Jan 22 2008
Mike Rowe gets dirty in St. Louis as he works with a river barge demolition team and then melts down the scrap steel into molten metal.
Jan 15 2008
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.
Jan 08 2008
Mike Rowe looks back at some of his favorite dirty jobs and salutes the men and women from around the country who have found innovative and entrepreneurial ways to get dirty
Dec 04 2007
Mike Rowe gets dirty with a team of airport runway painters, examines dirty diapers for bad smells and then teams up with a group of spray insulation technicians that get dirty to keep our houses warm.
Nov 27 2007
Mike Rowe looks back at some of the creepiest, slimiest and downright weirdest citizens on the animal kingdom.
Nov 20 2007
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.
Nov 13 2007
Mike rolls up his sleeves and gets dirty in order to help create an artificial underwater reef. It's a dirty job that is helping to revitalize fish and coral populations in areas that have been devastated by pollution.
Nov 06 2007
Mike exposes the fascinating secrets behind the dirty world of special effects. He explores this very strange world as he is transformed into a real life zombie by special effects artist, Toby Sells. Also, Mike gets dirty harvesting kelp.
Oct 30 2007
2 hour special episode celebrating Mike's working 150 dirty jobs. The episode also brings back some of your favorite people from Mike's former jobs.
Oct 23 2007
After working at some of the dirtiest jobs in America, Mike decided it was time for him and his crew to be pampered as they look back on some of their favorite dirty jobs on board one of the Royal Carribean's most luxurious cruise ships.
Sep 25 2007
Mike Rowe goes on a wild goose chase - literally! After traveling to the tundra, Mike joins forces with a team of workers that round up a flock of wild geese with airplanes.
Aug 27 2007
Mike Rowe gets dirty as he forages the swamps of Louisiana in search of alligator eggs 90,000 of them to be exact. It's a very dirty job that's helping to preserve the population of the American alligator.
Aug 21 2007
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.
Aug 14 2007
Mike Rowe and the Dirty Jobs crew travels to Michigan to work with the Mackinac Bridge Authority on one of the world's largest suspension bridges. Mike goes to great lengths, and heights, braving 50 mile per hour winds while helping paint the bridge.
Aug 07 2007
Mike Rowe hosts a very special episode of Dirty Jobs as he looks back at some of the world's dirtiest machines that are making civilized life better for the rest of us.
Jul 24 2007
Mike goes to Georgia to learn how to make artistic jugs. He then joins Richard Meyer and his sons in upstate New York to learn the ancient trade of tanning leather.
Jul 17 2007
Reptile handler
Jul 10 2007
Mike heads off to Texas to work with an outdoor advertising company.
Jun 26 2007

Season 2

45 Episodes

It's an extravaganza of Really Dirty Animals as Mike Rowe looks back at spitting alpacas, fainting goats, wild monkeys, pregnant cows, cheating penguins, kicking ostriches, squealing pigs and runaway mules. There's new footage, updates and old favorites.
Mar 20 2007
Mike heads off to San Diego to learn the dirty job of hydroseeding. He then reads a viewer's letter and shows us never before seen footage from a previous episode. Finally Mike gets dirty cleaning up a 100 year old steam yacht.
Mar 13 2007
Mike first heads off to Napa Valley to learn how to make wine. Mike then gets dirty at a Kansas Cattle Ranch learning about the cattle business.
Mar 06 2007
Mike goes underground in Hutchinson, Kansas to learn about mining rock salt. This episode also focuses on the behind the scenes action in filming the show.
Feb 27 2007
Mike helps dig tunnels that are used as underground wine caverns. Later he works behind the scenes with Southwest Airlines as a baggage handler. He also gets to work with the airport incinerator.
Feb 20 2007
Mike joins the Bowie BaySox team at Prince Georges Stadium in Maryland acting as a groundskeeper. Next he fixes boat moorings with a former Navy SEAL. He then joins Watson Water company dig deep through mud, rock, gravel, sand and water as they drill for heating and water in Tennessee. Also, Mike takes a dive into the mail bag.
Jan 30 2007
Mike joins forces with a master-cooper, or in laymen's terms, a barrel maker. Mike also teams up with some mule loggers.
Jan 23 2007
Mike first goes to northern California to count dead salmon. Mike opens up the mail bag and answers a viewer's question about the snake researcher segment. Just when Mike thought he had seen it all, he visits a cow farm in Connecticut that specializes in making gardening pots out of cow manure.
Jan 16 2007
First Mike helps remove trees and tree stumps in California. Mike then gets himself dirty with some fainting goats in Tennessee. Then he vists a place that breeds exotic insects in New Orleans.
Jan 09 2007
Mike helps New Orleans residents restore, rebuild and revive their city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Dec 19 2006
Mike Rowe rolls up his sleeve and gets dirty making giant bells at the McShane Bell Foundry. Mike also gets down and dirty with the US Army Corps of Engineers as they conduct yearly maintenance on a hurricane barrier that was raised from the oceans floor.
Dec 12 2006
Even though Mike has worked with concrete before in Dallas, he visits concrete workers in California today to learn the art of concrete stamping. Then he goes to New Orleans to care for penguins. Finally, he gets in the mud to hunt bloodworms in Maine.
Dec 05 2006
Mike Rowe wrangles some water snakes, steps into the shoes of hard working bait and lobster fishermen in Maine, and opens the viewer mail bag which results in some seaweed trimming.
Nov 28 2006
Mike celebrates his 100th dirty job as an Army mechanic and takes a look back at some of his past jobs. Also, Mike answers more viewer questions, shows even more bloopers and airs even more unaired footage.
Sep 05 2006
Mike Rowe meets his match when he travels to South Africa to take care of monkeys that are being trained to go back into the wild
Aug 29 2006
Mike once again joins up with the guys of Taylor Shellfish Farms to help them harvest mussels. Next he goes to Hawaii to learn about harvesting taro. Finally, Mike joins a family of alpaca farmers and learns the hard way that alpacas can be pretty ill-willed animals when it comes to shearing them.
Aug 22 2006
Mike Rowe first joins a crew at a rock quarry in Washington and learns what it takes to make gravel from loading rocks to blowing up a side of a mountain. Next, Mike gets hip deep in mud and muck working with the hippo keepers at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. Finally, Mike helps a crew of hooftrimmers give some cows a pedicure and later cleans a cow foot bath.
Aug 15 2006
Mike helps a family in New Jersey demolish and recycle parts from 100 year old buildings on an old college campus. Finally, Mike enters the dangerous world of a coal miner in an upstate Pennsylvania coal mine.
Aug 08 2006
Mike Rowe concludes Shark Week with another hour of dirty jobs with the men and women who work with sharks. Mike starts off in Florida working alongside a taxidermist that makes replicas out of real sharks. Mike then heads to the Bahamas to help Jeremiah Sullivan, the inventor of the Neptunic shark suit, to repair and test the suit in shark infested waters. Finally, Mike ends the show with some behind the scenes footage.
Aug 04 2006
Mike starts off Shark Week by going to South Africa to look at some great white sharks inside a shark cage. Mike then heads to a shark research lab and gets a deeper understanding about shark anatomy as he conducts an autopsy of a dead tiger shark. Mike then works with some shark researchers and helps electronically tag them and collect shark DNA. Mike then goes to the island of Bimini in the Bahamas and helps test a new shark repellent, which is made from the smell of dead sharks. Finally, Mike hangs out with a professional shark spotter off the coast of South Africa who watches the ocean to protect beachgoers.
Jul 30 2006
Mike heads to a good old fashioned steel town in Pennsylvania to work at a 75 year old candy store named Wertz Candies making all sorts of candy treats. Mike then goes to California and works as a tire retreader. Finally, Mike goes to McConnell AFB in Kansas to help repair the fuel tanks of a refueling tanker aircraft.
Jul 24 2006
Mike first heads off to California to help tear down a dam so trout on the endangered species list can spawn. Mike then goes to Pennsylvania to restore a church's pipe organ, a process that takes a total of eight years to complete. Finally, Mike goes to Puget Sound in Washington to harvest geoduck clams, otherwise known as "gooey ducks".
Jul 18 2006
Mike first goes to Sacramento, CA to help repair railroad tracks. Mike then heads to Louisiana to learn how to make "boudin" (Cajun sausage). Mike then cuts and fry's pig skins to make "cracklin" (pork rinds). Finally, Mike goes to Oklahoma and joins a skull cleaning business to learn how to clean skulls and bones using beetles and maggots, including a whale carcass.
Jul 11 2006
Mike first heads off to Las Vegas to work at an old fashioned printing press making lithographs of himself for the official Dirty Jobs poster. Mike then goes to Lincoln, CA and helps make large scale terra cotta building sculpture pieces from recycled terra cotta sewer pipes. Finally, Mike visits a garbage processing plant in San Francisco where food and assorted scraps are passed through a rolling cylinder and "digested" to make a methane gas energy supply.
Jun 27 2006
Mike first goes to Pennsylvania at a coal processing plant and learns how to make coke, carbonized coal used to make iron which in turn is used to make steel. Mike then goes to Washington to an oyster shucking plant and works alongside a very dirty girl. Finally, Mike goes to Pasadena, CA to dismantle floats from the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Jun 20 2006
It's a glitzy Las Vegas premiere as Mike visits the Lance Burton Theater to clean up the pens for Lance's show doves and geese. Mike then gets really dirty by visiting a pig farmer and helping him process and transport yesterday's buffet leftovers to feed the pigs.
Jun 13 2006
Concrete spreader, termite exterminator, concrete truck cleaner
Mar 21 2006
Plumber 2x18
Plumber, drilling mud, Rough necker (oil drilling)
Mar 14 2006
Mushroom farmer, storm drain cleaner, drain cover foundry
Mar 07 2006
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.
Jan 31 2006
Sugarcane mill, firefighter (Fremont, CA), alligator farmer
Jan 24 2006
Turkey farmer, potato farmer, waste water sewage plant
Jan 17 2006
Mike first travels to Colorado to help out at a marble quarry. He then goes to California to collect owl vomit which is sold to school children for research projects. Finally, Mike travels to Texas to palpate cows, a process used to figure out if a cow is pregnant. He also gets a little too familiar with a bull.
Jan 10 2006
Revisit of dirtiest jobs: disaster cleanup crew member ("Sewer Inspector"), septic tank technician ("Worm Dung Farmer"), sewer inspector ("Sewer Inspector"), sludge recycler ("Sludge Cleaner"), fish gutter ("Bat Cave Scavenger"), charcoal maker ("Micro-Algae Man")
Jan 03 2006
Mike Rowe takes a look at some of the tools and machines which make doing dirty jobs a little easier. Mike talks about some of the behind the scenes machine action from when he was a house mover, a tire recycler, a demolition worker, a scrap metal recycler, a golf ball recycler, and finally a hot tar roofer.
Jan 03 2006
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.
Dec 27 2005
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")
Dec 20 2005
Mike Rowe revisits some his previous jobs involving animals and talks about some of the behind the scenes action. Mike looks at clips from when he was a pig farmer, a chick sexer, a pet groomer, a horse breeder, and finally an ostrich farmer.
Dec 13 2005
Mike first goes to the Chimney Safety Institute of America in Plainfield, IN and learns how to be a certified chimney sweeper. Mike then goes to Ontario, Canada to salvage underwater logs, which are then used to make furniture. Finally, Mike visits a scrap metal recycler in St. Louis, MO and learns how to separate different metals and operate some big machines.
Nov 08 2005
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.
Nov 01 2005
Mike goes to Washington and helps build a house out of cob, which is basically a combination of sand, clay, and straw.Mike then heads to California and works alongside Dave the bee man to get rid of some bee's infesting a church.Finally, Mike goes back to Washington and helps clean out the old oil from a deep fryer at a Mexican restaurant and then recycle the oil into fuel or bio-diesel.
Oct 25 2005
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.
Oct 18 2005
Mike visits the San Francisco Zoo and learns what it's like to be a zookeeper, essentially feeding the animals and collecting their poo.Mike then goes to Vermont to a haunted cheese making factory and learns not only how to make cheese, but the art of patience.Finally, Mike learns how to be a volcano ash mud bath mixer (spa technician) in Calistoga, CA and takes a mud bath after a very dirty day. That's not all - Mike also journeys to a live volcano in Hawaii and gets up close and personal with some very hot lava.
Oct 11 2005
Mike visits a coffee plantation in Hawaii and learns about the long process in how to make coffee, from picking the beans to roasting them. Mike then goes to Sausalito, CA to be a marine mammal rescuer and help rehabilitate some injured seals.Finally, Mike learns about ostrich farming, from their daily upkeep to collecting their eggs.
Oct 04 2005
Mike first heads off to Pasadena, California and discovers the difficult step by step process in patching up a roof. Then Mike goes to New Jersey and helps move a 60 ton, 225 year old house.
Sep 27 2005

Season 1

6 Episodes

Mike Rowe gets dirty as he works with surfboard shaper Matt Barker. Mike masters the art of shaping a surfboard from Styrofoam. And Mike goes underground into a greasy pit of sludge as he joins an environmental company that recycles the gunky grime.
Aug 30 2005
Vexcon 1x05
Exterminator, crab fisherman, blacksmith/farrier
Aug 23 2005
Baby chicken sexer, beer brewer, oyster harvester
Aug 16 2005
Pig farmer, removing chewing gum from sidewalks (New York City), pigeon droppings removal (New York City)
Aug 09 2005
Sewer inspector, disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer), demolition worker (office building interior)
Aug 02 2005
Garbage collector/recycling separator, shark catcher/tagger, car recycling
Jul 26 2005