Dirty Jobs

The WORST episodes of Dirty Jobs

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/22/2022Network: Discovery
Goose Down Plucker
95 votes

#1 - Goose Down Plucker

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/27/2009

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.

Brown Before Green
28 votes

#2 - Brown Before Green

Season 3 - Episode 33 - Aired 6/16/2008

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.

Dirty Conversations 2
140 votes

#3 - Dirty Conversations 2

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/21/2012

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.

Steam Ship Cleaner
29 votes

#4 - Steam Ship Cleaner

Season 2 - Episode 44 - Aired 3/13/2007

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.

Animal Relocator
72 votes

#5 - Animal Relocator

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/9/2010

Mike visits an old-fashioned corn mill in De Kalb, Miss. Also, Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic deer in Wills Point, Texas.

The Dirty Truth
38 votes

#6 - The Dirty Truth

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 6/14/2010

A special episode which looks back at previous episodes as Mike offers employment tips he’s learned over the years.

Exotic Nanny
100 votes

#7 - Exotic Nanny

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/19/2010

Mike visits a Texas ranch that breeds exotic animals like sloths, lemurs, camels, and bearcats.

Abandoned Mine Plugger
185 votes

#8 - Abandoned Mine Plugger

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/13/2009

Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.

Mardi Gras Bladder Banger
129 votes

#9 - Mardi Gras Bladder Banger

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/17/2012

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.

Crew Unemployment
40 votes

#10 - Crew Unemployment

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/23/2010

With a hiatus looming, Mike tries to secure employment for the "Dirty Jobs" crew and reflects on their contributions.

Tight Spaces 2
39 votes

#11 - Tight Spaces 2

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/16/2010

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.

Tight Spaces
56 votes

#12 - Tight Spaces

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/19/2008

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")

Tofu Maker
44 votes

#13 - Tofu Maker

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/3/2009

Mike recycles computers before heading to Hawaii to make tofu.

Cranberry Farmer
114 votes

#14 - Cranberry Farmer

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/5/2008

Mike Rowe gets dirty making handmade bricks in South Carolina. He then masters the art of cranberry farming in Oregon.

Dirty Little Bits
159 votes

#15 - Dirty Little Bits

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/31/2012

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.

Mattress Recycler
106 votes

#16 - Mattress Recycler

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/6/2009

Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.

Dirty Infrastructure
149 votes

#17 - Dirty Infrastructure

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/25/2011

Mike takes a look at America's report card on its infrastructure and also salutes the workers who help preserve it.

Water Softener Technician
153 votes

#18 - Water Softener Technician

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/3/2012

Mike becomes a water softener technician in Minnesota, and works as a coin washer at a San Francisco hotel.

Fish Squeezer
166 votes

#19 - Fish Squeezer

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/13/2011

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.

Tower Top Hand
154 votes

#20 - Tower Top Hand

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/7/2012

A radio-communications tower rises in North Dakota; Mike visits a Hollywood soundstage to commemorate his experiences in all 50 states.

Maggot Farmer
103 votes

#21 - Maggot Farmer

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/2/2008

Mike moves a giant cactus in Arizona and then helps raise maggots on a farm in Idaho.

Woolen Mill Operator
70 votes

#22 - Woolen Mill Operator

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/21/2010

Mikes learns how to make yarn from fleece and waxes hair off of his friend at a day spa.

Pinsetter Mechanic
127 votes

#23 - Pinsetter Mechanic

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/23/2010

Mike visits a bowling center in Fremont, Cal. and at the request of a fan turns the spotlight on his cameraman.

Mannequin Factory
134 votes

#24 - Mannequin Factory

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/11/2008

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.

Spider Pharm
95 votes

#25 - Spider Pharm

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/10/2009

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.