The BEST Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Network: Discovery

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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Penguin Keeper

#1 - Penguin Keeper

Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired Dec 5, 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.

star 9.00
56 votes
Poo Pot Maker

#2 - Poo Pot Maker

Season 2 - Episode 38 - Aired Jan 16, 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.

star 8.98
57 votes
200 Jobs Look-Back

#3 - 200 Jobs Look-Back

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 24, 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"

star 8.86
96 votes
Snake Wrangler

#4 - Snake Wrangler

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 10, 2007

Reptile handler

star 8.83
76 votes
Dirty Conversation

#5 - Dirty Conversation

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 21, 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.

star 8.74
66 votes
Turkey Inseminator

#6 - Turkey Inseminator

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired May 12, 2008

Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation, turkey artificial insemination, viewer mail, car crusher

star 8.68
86 votes
Greenland Shark Quest

#7 - Greenland Shark Quest

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired Jul 29, 2008

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.

star 8.67
58 votes
Cedar Log Peeler

#8 - Cedar Log Peeler

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 22, 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.

star 8.67
69 votes
Snake Researcher

#9 - Snake Researcher

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Nov 28, 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.

star 8.66
58 votes
Locomotive Builder

#10 - Locomotive Builder

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 17, 2009

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

star 8.64
100 votes
Wine Maker

#11 - Wine Maker

Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Mar 6, 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.

star 8.49
57 votes
Sheep Castrator

#12 - Sheep Castrator

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 21, 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.

star 8.45
104 votes
Exotic Animal Keeper

#13 - Exotic Animal Keeper

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 13, 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.

star 8.45
69 votes
Bio-Diesel Man

#14 - Bio-Diesel Man

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 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.

star 8.44
110 votes
Creepy Critters

#15 - Creepy Critters

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 27, 2005

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.

star 8.41
80 votes
Dirty Presidents

#16 - Dirty Presidents

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 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.

star 8.35
74 votes
Dirtiest Water Jobs

#17 - Dirtiest Water Jobs

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 20, 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")

star 8.33
73 votes
Steel Mill Worker

#18 - Steel Mill Worker

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 15, 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.

star 8.33
70 votes
High-Rise Window Washer

#19 - High-Rise Window Washer

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 2009

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

star 8.31
48 votes
Salt Miner

#20 - Salt Miner

Season 2 - Episode 42 - Aired Feb 27, 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.

star 8.30
84 votes
Termite Researcher

#21 - Termite Researcher

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 1, 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.

star 8.30
88 votes
Concrete Finisher

#22 - Concrete Finisher

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 2, 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.

star 8.29
68 votes
Dairy Cow Midwife

#23 - Dairy Cow Midwife

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 28, 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.

star 8.27
86 votes

#24 - Vexcon

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 23, 2005

Exterminator, crab fisherman, blacksmith/farrier

star 8.24
151 votes
Sponge Diver

#25 - Sponge Diver

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 15, 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.

star 8.18
122 votes