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 goes to Southern California to handle skunks and other pests as an animal control specialist.
Mike goes to work at a cricket farm in Augusta, Georgia and later becomes a camel rancher at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, California.
Mike goes on the hunt for feral chickens on the streets of Miami.
Mike goes to Michigan to join up with the 12 maintenance crew.
Mike creates some concrete counter-tops and fire pits in Moss Landing, California and then reminisces about the scariest job he's ever done.
Mike visits a bone black plant in Michigan and then talks about his five dirtiest jobs.
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.
With a hiatus looming, Mike tries to secure employment for the "Dirty Jobs" crew and reflects on their contributions.
Mike visits a Texas ranch that breeds exotic animals like sloths, lemurs, camels, and bearcats.
Mike tries to evade and outsmart a team of bloodhounds while posing as a stand-in fugitive in Texas. Also, Mike takes on non-native, invasive species in the Florida Everglades.
Mike helps the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in battling the sea lamprey population that threatens the fishing industry of the Great Lakes. Also, Mike makes meat gel to feed fish in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino's shark reef aquarium.
Mike visits an old-fashioned corn mill in De Kalb, Miss. Also, Mike helps relocate a pair of exotic deer in Wills Point, Texas.
Mike learns how to install a lightning rod on a home in Lucedale, Miss.
Mike heads to Pennsylvania and tries his hand at making bologna and then goes to Alaska to repair a very special toilet.
Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.
Mike takes a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles to find out about the important work being done in Pit 91. Then Mike travels north where he learns about rendering and discovers how much of a farm animal can be recycled.
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 journeys to Queen Creek, Arizona to press olives into oil and then heads to Sacramento, California to clean dirty diapers.
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.
Mike heads to MotivePower in Boise, Idaho to build and restore locomotives for his 200th dirty job.
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"
Mike takes the day off to get a physical examination, leaving Executive Producers Eddie Barbini and Craig Piligian to host the show: servicing porta-potties and making custom-fabricated alloy wheels for Boyd Coddington Wheels
Breeding and training Alaskan Huskies as sled dogs with Martin Buser; revisit of dirty jobs in Alaska: Bird ringing common terns and Canadian geese ("Abandoned Mine Plugger"), fishing and processing of fish ("Floating Fish Factory"), cleaning up diesel spill in Dutch Harbor, Alaska ("Ice Salvage Crew"), incinerating toilet cleaner ("Bologna Maker"). The mail bag portion was taped at the Soo Locks on the floor of the MacArthur Lock in front of the upstream bulkheads.
Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.
High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)
Mike helps out at a BBQ restaurant and gets to help clean out the smoker. After that a trip to the farm to help out a big animal vet. For his last job Mike gets to help dig a tank out of the ground.
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.
Mike Rowe works with a cave biologist and then braves the high seas in search of slime eels.
Mike Rowe gets dirty making handmade bricks in South Carolina. He then masters the art of cranberry farming in Oregon.
Mike travels to Alaska for an adventure aboard a fish processing ship.
Mike heads to the site of a future California neighborhood where he learns that there's more to erosion control than one might think. Then Mike gets a bird's eye view of Palm Springs as he helps maintain and repair the tram 8,500 feet above the city.
Making a home energy efficient by improving insulation, turkey artificial insemination, viewer mail, car crusher
Mike gets dirty in Alaska as he helps protect the environment by cleaning up an oil spill. He then travels to Minnesota where he works to pull a car out of a lake that has fallen through the ice.
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.
Mike first visits Terressentials where natural organic hair care products are made out of mud. He then returns to Montana to do some more work with big animal vet Charlene Esch. Finally, Mike joins forces with the yak and bison rancher who put him to work in his 150th Dirty Job.
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.
Mike hooks up with the tar rigging crew on the oldest active merchant ship in the world, the Star of India in San Diego. Then, Mike looks back at some of the dirtiest tools he's used, all which make life simpler for the rest of us.
Mike visits a Chicken Farm to see how eggs make it to the store. There, he finds out that 1.4 million chickens equal a lot of poo, which he gets the chance to clean. Later, Mike learns how dirty dirt becomes clean dirt as he sterilizes soil in Oklahoma.
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.
Mike travels to a remote area near Moab, Utah, to take on the job of being a paleontologist.
Mike assists the Millennium Seed Bank Project, which preserves seeds that could be replanted following a catastrophic event, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Mike becomes a water softener technician in Minnesota, and works as a coin washer at a San Francisco hotel.
Mike works at a barber shop in Mobile, Ala., and visits California to work as a landfill operator.
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.
Mike Rowe passes a surprisingly tranquil -- and highly entertaining -- day at Medical Waste Transport, Inc. in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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.
A radio-communications tower rises in North Dakota; Mike visits a Hollywood soundstage to commemorate his experiences in all 50 states.
At Gills Onions, Mike Rowe slices, dices and tastes onions before cleaning out the juicing machine and parts of the reactor. Then, its off to the San Francisco Fire Department to help build wooden ladders.
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.
In Nebraska, Mike Rowe takes a shot at paving roads. Then, in reply to a mailbag question about his favorite animal, he recalls the time he crossed paths with a tiger crossbreed in Texas.
Mike visits a distillery, where he turns molasses into rum, hauls hoses, scours copper and works with scalding liquid.
Mike installs a metal power pole in Wyoming and later learns about how to remove lice from hair in San Francisco.
Mike takes a look at America's report card on its infrastructure and also salutes the workers who help preserve it.
Mike learns how to make a pig delicacy known as scrapple and later becomes a shoe doctor's assistant.
Mike visits the Jelly Belly Candy Company to concoct a dirty boot flavored jelly bean based on his own sweaty, grimy, filthy pair of work boots. Then he travels to Maine to harvest blueberries and joins the "Pie Ladies" in a pie bakeoff.
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.
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.
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.
Revisit of jobs related to family with Mike visiting his parents: crab fisherman ("Vexcon"), maggot farmer ("Maggot Farmer"), leech trapping ("Leech Trapper"), candy maker ("Fuel Tank Cleaner"), coffee plantation ("Ostrich Farmer"), worm grunter ("Worm Grunter"), mealworm farm ("Cricket Farmer"), walnut harvester ("Goose Down Plucker"), bell maker ("Bell Maker"), raw meat dog food maker ("Leech Trapper"), goat milk soap maker ("Reef Ball Maker"), sponge diver ("Sponge Diver"), mobile butcher ("Custom Meat Processor")
Mike Rowe works with Australia's northern coast Aboriginals, who have lived off the land for more than 40,000 years. It's a dirty adventure that leaves Mike speechless as he works and hunts (yes, hunts) with tribal leaders.
In Australia, Mike Rowe teams up with local business "Snakes Away" to capture a poisonous Eastern brown snake without getting bitten, then joins a posse of local "toadbusters" in their war against the cane toad, a non-indigenous species destroying the local ecosystem.
Mike journeys down the Adelaide River to capture one of Australia's most deadly creatures: the crocodile. Then, after wrestling the wild crocs into the boat, he helps a scientist pump their stomachs and study their vomit.
Mike and his crew travel deep into the Australian Outback to strike it rich with a group of opal miners. And then, with this already a dirty adventure with dangerous work and extreme temperatures, production is almost brought to a halt by a fly infestation.