The Best Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Last Updated: May 19, 2019

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.

Wind Farm Technician

#1 - Wind Farm Technician

Season 4 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.33
18 votes
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Sheep Castrator

#2 - Sheep Castrator

Season 4 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.32
16 votes
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Steel Mill Worker

#3 - Steel Mill Worker

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.19
21 votes
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Salt Miner

#4 - Salt Miner

Season 3 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.17
17 votes
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Monkey Caretaker

#5 - Monkey Caretaker

Season 2 - Episode 16

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

star 8.17
12 votes
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Rocky Reach Dam

#6 - Rocky Reach Dam

Season 5 - Episode 17

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.

star 8.13
16 votes
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Wine Maker

#7 - Wine Maker

Season 3 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.11
18 votes
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Mud Mineral Excavator

#8 - Mud Mineral Excavator

Season 4 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.09
22 votes
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Glass Maker

#9 - Glass Maker

Season 5 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.08
12 votes
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Buoy Cleaner

#10 - Buoy Cleaner

Season 4 - Episode 4

Mike Rowe gets dirty in Oregon making shingles and then jumps on a Coast Guard ship to clean dirty buoys.

star 8.00
22 votes
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High-Rise Window Washer

#11 - High-Rise Window Washer

Season 5 - Episode 12

High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)

star 8.00
13 votes
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Poo Pot Maker

#12 - Poo Pot Maker

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.00
17 votes
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Reef Ball Maker

#13 - Reef Ball Maker

Season 3 - Episode 16

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.

star 8.00
13 votes
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Micro-Algae Man

#14 - 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.

star 8.00
22 votes
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Garbage Pit Technician

#15 - Garbage Pit Technician

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.00
17 votes
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Penguin Keeper

#16 - Penguin Keeper

Season 2 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.00
12 votes
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Vomit Island Workers

#17 - Vomit Island Workers

Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.00
13 votes
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Vellum Maker

#18 - Vellum Maker

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.

star 8.00
11 votes
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Sewer Inspector

#19 - Sewer Inspector

Season 1 - Episode 2

Sewer inspector, disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer), demolition worker (office building interior)

star 7.98
66 votes
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Skull Cleaner

#20 - Skull Cleaner

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.96
24 votes
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Shrimper

#21 - Shrimper

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.

star 7.95
22 votes
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Well Digger

#22 - Well Digger

Season 3 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.95
20 votes
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Locomotive Builder

#23 - Locomotive Builder

Season 5 - Episode 7

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

star 7.94
15 votes
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200 Jobs Look-Back

#24 - 200 Jobs Look-Back

Season 5 - Episode 8

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"

star 7.91
11 votes
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Termite Researcher

#25 - Termite Researcher

Season 7 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.91
12 votes
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