The Best Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Wine Maker

#1 - Wine Maker 9.00

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.

High-Rise Window Washer

#2 - High-Rise Window Washer 8.75

Season 5 - Episode 12

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

Dairy Cow Midwife

#3 - Dairy Cow Midwife 8.61

Season 4 - Episode 9

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.

Vomit Island Workers

#4 - Vomit Island Workers 8.60

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.

Penguin Keeper

#5 - Penguin Keeper 8.60

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.

Termite Researcher

#6 - Termite Researcher 8.58

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.

Salt Miner

#7 - Salt Miner 8.43

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.

Monkey Caretaker

#8 - Monkey Caretaker 8.43

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

Poo Pot Maker

#9 - Poo Pot Maker 8.43

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.

Mud Mineral Excavator

#10 - Mud Mineral Excavator 8.40

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.

Snake Researcher

#11 - Snake Researcher 8.40

Season 2 - Episode 17

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.

Turkey Inseminator

#12 - Turkey Inseminator 8.35

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

200 Jobs Look-Back

#13 - 200 Jobs Look-Back 8.33

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"

Concrete Finisher

#14 - Concrete Finisher 8.33

Season 6 - Episode 5

Mike creates some concrete counter-tops and fire pits in Moss Landing, California and then reminisces about the scariest job he's ever done.

Micro-Algae Man

#15 - Micro-Algae Man 8.30

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.

Leather Tanner

#16 - Leather Tanner 8.29

Season 3 - Episode 11

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.

Alligator Egg Collector

#17 - Alligator Egg Collector 8.25

Season 3 - Episode 14

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.

Locomotive Builder

#18 - Locomotive Builder 8.22

Season 5 - Episode 7

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

Snake Wrangler

#19 - Snake Wrangler 8.20

Season 3 - Episode 10

Reptile handler

Steel Mill Worker

#20 - Steel Mill Worker 8.17

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.

Garbage Pit Technician

#21 - Garbage Pit Technician 8.17

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.

Bug Breeder

#22 - Bug Breeder 8.12

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

Bio-Diesel Man

#23 - Bio-Diesel Man 8.12

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

Hot Tar Roofer

#24 - Hot Tar Roofer 8.09

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

Sewer Inspector

#25 - Sewer Inspector 8.06

Season 1 - Episode 2

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