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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike visits an old-fashioned corn mill in De Kalb, Miss. Also, Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic deer in Wills Point, Texas.
A special episode which looks back at previous episodes as Mike offers employment tips he’s learned over the years.
Mike visits a Texas ranch that breeds exotic animals like sloths, lemurs, camels, and bearcats.
Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.
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.
With a hiatus looming, Mike tries to secure employment for the "Dirty Jobs" crew and reflects on their contributions.
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.
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")
Mike recycles computers before heading to Hawaii to make tofu.
Mike Rowe gets dirty making handmade bricks in South Carolina. He then masters the art of cranberry farming in Oregon.
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.
Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.
Mike takes a look at America's report card on its infrastructure and also salutes the workers who help preserve it.
Mike becomes a water softener technician in Minnesota, and works as a coin washer at a San Francisco hotel.
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.
A radio-communications tower rises in North Dakota; Mike visits a Hollywood soundstage to commemorate his experiences in all 50 states.
Mike moves a giant cactus in Arizona and then helps raise maggots on a farm in Idaho.
Mikes learns how to make yarn from fleece and waxes hair off of his friend at a day spa.
Mike visits a bowling center in Fremont, Cal. and at the request of a fan turns the spotlight on his cameraman.
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.
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.