24: Nitty Gritty
Friday, November 7th, 2003
19: Bat Cave Scavenger
Mike enters a bat cave in Texas in search of guano (bat excrement) to collect with a bat biologist. Later he helps to rehabilitate bats at a "bat hospital." Mike then goes in search of mud used to give grip to baseballs in the major leagues. Finally, Mike tries his hand at filleting fish and takes part in the many stages of seafood production.
Friday, November 14th, 2003
20: Worm Dung Farmer
Catfish noodler, septic tank technician, worm castings rancher
Friday, November 21st, 2003
21: Roadkill Cleaner
Golf ball diver, horse breeder, roadkill collector
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
1: Dirtiest Animals
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.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
2: Dirtiest Water Jobs
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")
Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
3: Creepy Critters
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.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
4: Dirtiest Tools & Machines
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.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
5: Super Dirty
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")
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
6: Viewer's Choice
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.
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
7: Jobs That Bite
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.
Friday, August 4th, 2006
8: Jobs That Bite Harder
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.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
9: 100th Dirty Job Special
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.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
10: Really Dirty Animals
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.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
11: Dirtiest Machines on the Planet
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.
Monday, August 27th, 2007
22: Wild Goose Chase
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.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12: Crew's Cruise
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.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
13: 150th Dirty Job Extravaganza
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.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
14: Creepy Slimy And Just Plain Weird
Mike Rowe looks back at some of the creepiest, slimiest and downright weirdest citizens on the animal kingdom.
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
15: Dirty Innovators
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
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
16: Tight Spaces
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")
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
17: Brown Plate Special
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")
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
18: Greenland Shark Quest
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.
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
23: Brown Before Green 2
Mike takes a look back at some of his former coworkers who should be role models for the green movement.
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
25: Mike's Day Off
Monday, June 14th, 2010
26: The Dirty Truth
A special episode which looks back at previous episodes as Mike offers employment tips he’s learned over the years.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
1: Chinatown Garbage Collector
Garbage collector/recycling separator, shark catcher/tagger, car recycling
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
2: Sewer Inspector
Sewer inspector, disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer), demolition worker (office building interior)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
3: Pig Farmer
Pig farmer, removing chewing gum from sidewalks (New York City), pigeon droppings removal (New York City)
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
4: Chick Sexer
Baby chicken sexer, beer brewer, oyster harvester
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
Exterminator, crab fisherman, blacksmith/farrier
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
6: Sludge Cleaner
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.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
7: Hot Tar Roofer
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.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
8: Ostrich Farmer
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.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
9: Cheese Maker
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.
Tuesday, October 18th, 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.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
11: Bio-Diesel Man
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.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
12: Micro-Algae Man
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.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
13: Chimney Sweeper
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.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
1: Avian Vomitologist
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.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
2: Turkey Farmer
Turkey farmer, potato farmer, waste water sewage plant
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
3: Alligator Farmer
Sugarcane mill, firefighter (Fremont, CA), alligator farmer
Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
4: Mushroom Farmer
Mushroom farmer, storm drain cleaner, drain cover foundry
Tuesday, March 14th, 2006
Plumber, drilling mud, Rough necker (oil drilling)
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
6: Termite Controller
Concrete spreader, termite exterminator, concrete truck cleaner
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
7: Casino Food Recycler
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.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
8: Parade Float Dismantler
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.
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
9: Garbage Pit Technician
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.
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
10: Skull Cleaner
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.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
11: Geoduck Farmer
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".
Monday, July 24th, 2006
12: Fuel Tank Cleaner
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.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
13: Coal Miner
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.
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
14: Hoof Cleaner
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.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
15: Alpaca Shearer
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.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
16: Monkey Caretaker
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
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
17: Snake Researcher
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.
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
18: Penguin Keeper
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.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
19: Bell Maker
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.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
20: Mosquito Control Officer
Mike helps New Orleans residents restore, rebuild and revive their city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
1: Bug Breeder
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.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
2: Poo Pot Maker
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.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
3: Mule Logger
Mike joins forces with a master-cooper, or in laymen's terms, a barrel maker. Mike also teams up with some mule loggers.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
4: Well Digger
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.
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
5: Cave Digger
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.
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007
6: Salt Miner
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.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
7: Wine Maker
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.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
8: Steam Ship Cleaner
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.
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
9: Billboard Installer
Mike heads off to Texas to work with an outdoor advertising company.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
10: Snake Wrangler
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
11: Leather Tanner
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.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
12: Bridge Painter
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.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
13: Vomit Island Workers
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.
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
14: Alligator Egg Collector
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.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
15: Special Effects Artist
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.
Tuesday, November 6th, 2007
16: Reef Ball Maker
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.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
17: Exotic Animal Keeper
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.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
18: Spray Insulation Technician
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.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
1: Big Animal Vet
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.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
2: Steel Mill Worker
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.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
3: Cave Biologist
Mike Rowe works with a cave biologist and then braves the high seas in search of slime eels.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
4: Buoy Cleaner
Mike Rowe gets dirty in Oregon making shingles and then jumps on a Coast Guard ship to clean dirty buoys.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
5: Cranberry Farmer
Mike Rowe gets dirty making handmade bricks in South Carolina. He then masters the art of cranberry farming in Oregon.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
6: Mud Mineral Excavator
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.
Monday, April 14th, 2008
7: Dirty Jobs of the Big Apple
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.
Monday, April 21st, 2008
8: Floating Fish Factory
Mike travels to Alaska for an adventure aboard a fish processing ship.
Monday, April 28th, 2008
9: Dairy Cow Midwife
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.
Monday, May 5th, 2008
10: Aerial Tram Greaser
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.
Monday, May 12th, 2008
11: Turkey Inseminator
Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation, turkey artificial insemination, viewer mail, car crusher
Monday, May 19th, 2008
12: Ice Salvage Crew
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.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
13: Wind Farm Technician
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.
Monday, June 9th, 2008
14: Animal Barber
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.
Monday, June 16th, 2008
15: Brown Before Green
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.
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
16: Tar Rigger
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.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
17: Dirty Chip Maker
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.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
18: Sheep Castrator
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.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2008
19: Leech Trapper
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.
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
20: Dirty Presidents
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.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
21: Mannequin Factory
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.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
22: Egg Farm
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.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
23: Vellum Maker
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.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
24: Maggot Farmer
Mike moves a giant cactus in Arizona and then helps raise maggots on a farm in Idaho.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
25: Gourd Maker
Mike Rowe cleans out a Connecticut lake and then turns gourds into artwork in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
1: Bologna Maker
Mike heads to Pennsylvania and tries his hand at making bologna and then goes to Alaska to repair a very special toilet.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
2: Abandoned Mine Plugger
Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
3: Animal Rendering
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.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
4: Goose Down Plucker
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.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
5: Diaper Cleaner
Mike journeys to Queen Creek, Arizona to press olives into oil and then heads to Sacramento, California to clean dirty diapers.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
6: Spider Pharm
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.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
7: Locomotive Builder
Mike heads to MotivePower in Boise, Idaho to build and restore locomotives for his 200th dirty job.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
8: 200 Jobs Look-Back
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"
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
9: Mike's Day Off
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
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
10: Sled Dog Breeder
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.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
11: Mattress Recycler
Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
12: High-Rise Window Washer
High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
13: Toilet Crusher
Toilet Crusher & alligator snapping turtle researcher
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
14: Camel Rancher
Mike works at the country's only Dromedary camel dairy.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
15: Tofu Maker
Mike recycles computers before heading to Hawaii to make tofu.
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
16: Glass Maker
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.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
17: Rocky Reach Dam
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.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
18: Safety Third
Mike reflects back on his more hazardous apprenticeships and makes a case for safety.
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
19: Reindeer Farm
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.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
20: Marble Maker
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.
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
21: Fireworks Technician
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.
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
22: Worm Grunter
Mike goes to Florida to harvest clams at the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve and later attempt to worm-grunt in the Apalachicola National Forest.
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
23: Maple Syrup Maker
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.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
1: Animal Control Specialist
Mike goes to Southern California to handle skunks and other pests as an animal control specialist.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
2: Cricket Farmer
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.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
3: Chicken Busters
Mike goes on the hunt for feral chickens on the streets of Miami.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
4: Soo Locks Technician
Mike goes to Michigan to join up with the 12 maintenance crew.
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
5: Concrete Finisher
Mike creates some concrete counter-tops and fire pits in Moss Landing, California and then reminisces about the scariest job he's ever done.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
6: Bone Black
Mike visits a bone black plant in Michigan and then talks about his five dirtiest jobs.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
7: Tight Spaces 2
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.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
8: Crew Unemployment
With a hiatus looming, Mike tries to secure employment for the "Dirty Jobs" crew and reflects on their contributions.
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
9: Exotic Nanny
Mike visits a Texas ranch that breeds exotic animals like sloths, lemurs, camels, and bearcats.
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
10: Wetland Warrior
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.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
11: Sea Lamprey Exterminator
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.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
12: Animal Relocator
Mike visits an old-fashioned corn mill in De Kalb, Miss. Also, Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic deer in Wills Point, Texas.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
13: Lightning Rod Installer
Mike learns how to install a lightning rod on a home in Lucedale, Miss.
Sunday, November 21st, 2010
14: Woolen Mill Operator
Mikes learns how to make yarn from fleece and waxes hair off of his friend at a day spa.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
15: Pinsetter Mechanic
Mike visits a bowling center in Fremont, Cal. and at the request of a fan turns the spotlight on his cameraman.
Sunday, November 28th, 2010
16: Bug Detective
Mike visits a forensic entomology lab where he helps inspect pig carcasses for maggots and other insects.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
17: Horse Tester
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
18: Custom Meat Processor
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
19: Dirty Holidays
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
20: Dirty Conversation
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.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
21: Date Palm Pollinator
Mike answers viewer mail and pollinates date palm trees in Palm Springs.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
22: Date Palm Pollinator
Mike answers viewer mail and pollinates date palm trees in Palm Springs.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
1: Asphalt Paver
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.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
2: Rum Distiller
Mike visits a distillery, where he turns molasses into rum, hauls hoses, scours copper and works with scalding liquid.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
3: Hair Fairy
Mike installs a metal power pole in Wyoming and later learns about how to remove lice from hair in San Francisco.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
4: Dirty Infrastructure
Mike takes a look at America's report card on its infrastructure and also salutes the workers who help preserve it.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
5: Scrapple Maker
Mike learns how to make a pig delicacy known as scrapple and later becomes a shoe doctor's assistant.
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
6: Blueberry Connoisseur
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.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
7: Sponge Diver
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.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
8: Cedar Log Peeler
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.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
9: Termite Researcher
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.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
10: Dirty DNA
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")
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
1: Fish Squeezer
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.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
2: Fossil Hunter
Mike travels to a remote area near Moab, Utah, to take on the job of being a paleontologist.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
3: Doomsday Seed Banker
Mike assists the Millennium Seed Bank Project, which preserves seeds that could be replanted following a catastrophic event, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
4: Water Softener Technician
Mike becomes a water softener technician in Minnesota, and works as a coin washer at a San Francisco hotel.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
5: Barber's Assistant
Mike works at a barber shop in Mobile, Ala., and visits California to work as a landfill operator.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
6: Mardi Gras Bladder Banger
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.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
7: Medical Waste Disposal Expert
Mike Rowe passes a surprisingly tranquil -- and highly entertaining -- day at Medical Waste Transport, Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
8: Dirty Little Bits
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.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
9: Tower Top Hand
A radio-communications tower rises in North Dakota; Mike visits a Hollywood soundstage to commemorate his experiences in all 50 states.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
10: Onion Processor
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.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
11: Dirty Conversations 2
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.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
1: Lost in Aboriginal Land
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.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
2: Deadly Snake Wrangler
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.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
3: Journey To Croc Country
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.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
4: Outback Treasure Hunter
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.