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Dirty Jobs


Dirty Jobs Cast

Series Description

    

Dirty Jobs was a 60 minute reality series on the discovery channel about Mike Rowe's quest to track down every job in the United States that most of us would consider to be disgusting! He often remarked as to how these jobs are important because they are necessary in order for the rest of us to live our lives. Someone has to clean your sewage plant. Someone has to dispose of the cow guts so that you can enjoy a burger and someone has to stick their arm way up inside of a cow's vagina in order to inseminate it so that prize beef can be delivered to your local grocery store. Someone has to clean the bird poop off the park bench. Mike got right in there and joined in those dirty jobs and cracked jokes while he was participating. It's ironic as to how addictive a series could be even though its subject matter was often so disturbing.

Dirty Jobs Cast

Mike Rowe .............. Host

Dirty Jobs Opening Narrative

My name's Mike Rowe and this is my job

I explore the country looking for people who aren't afraid to get dirty.

Hard-working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kind of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us.

Now... Get ready... to get dirty!

Dirty Jobs Trivia

Episodes of Dirty Jobs are often heavily edited due to the Discovery Channel feeling that some things are just too gross for audiences to stomach. If you want to see an example of this, watch the "road kill taxidermy" video below this trivia section.

Mike Rowe began his dirty jobs segments on a local TV program in San Francisco, California titled, "Somebody's Gotta Do It". Rowe got tons of letters from shocked viewers after his segment on artificially inseminating cows. That wasn't a bad thing for Rowe though. Lots of viewer response even though it might be negative is often what networks are looking for so Rowe sent a video of that segment to the Discovery Channel and the rest is television history!

Dirty Jobs generated a "spinoff series" when Billy Bretherton appeared on episode #8, "Vexon" and episode #28, "Termite Controller". Of course, the series we're talking about is "Billy the Exterminator".

If you haven't seen Dirty Jobs you would probably still recognize Mike Rowe. He is on television numerous time each day as the latest spokesman for Ford in their commercials. During episode #55, "Billboard Installer", Mike made a tongue-in-cheek reference to his commercials when he said that he didn't know much about the advertising business. In the background was a billboard that he had just helped to put up with a Ford advertisement on it.

While you might find it hard to believe, Mike was an opera singer before becoming the host of Dirty Jobs. During episode #34, "Fuel Tank Cleaner", he asks a woman making a candy called "opera fudge" if she ever sings opera while making it and then he starting singing something in Italian. During episode #47, "Poo Pot Maker", Mike is paddling in a farm pond full of poop and starts singing like a Venetian gondolier with the lyrics, "O Sole Mio - Don't know the words - I've paddled for hours - In ponds of turds". Yes. He's a very funny guy!

For the ninth very short season, Mike Rowe took this series to Australia and the title of the show was retitled, "Dirty Jobs Down Under".

The production of Dirty Jobs was abruptly halted after only four episodes had been filmed even though it was doing fairly well in the ratings. While the Discovery Channel made no official announcement as to why the show was cancelled, Mike Rowe did announce it on his personal blog. It's likely that the Discovery Channel is making room for more of it's highly dramatic reality series like "Gold Rush Alaska", "Bering Sea Gold", "Amish Mafia" and others which have been very successful for the network.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Pilot Episodes

  1. Bat Cave Scavenger (11/7/2003)
  2. Worm Dung Farmer (11/14/2003)
  3. Roadkill Cleaner (11/21/2003)

The First Season

  1. Chinatown Garbage Collector (7/26/2005)
  2. Sewer Inspector (8/2/2005)
  3. Pig Farmer (8/9/2005)
  4. Chick Sexer (8/16/2005)
  5. Vexcon (8/23/2005)
  6. Sludge Cleaner (8/30/2005)

The Second Season

  1. Hot Tar Roofer (9/27/2005)
  2. Ostrich Farmer (10/4/2005)
  3. Cheese Maker (10/11/2005)
  4. Shrimper (10/18/2005)
  5. Bio-Diesel Man (10/25/2005)
  6. Micro-Algae Man (11/1/2005)
  7. Chimney Sweeper (11/8/2005)
  8. Dirtiest Animals (12/13/2005)
  9. Dirtiest Water Jobs (12/20/2005)
  10. Creepy Critters (12/27/2005)
  11. Dirtiest Tools & Machines (1/3/2006)
  12. Super Dirty (1/3/2006)
  13. Avian Vomitologist (1/10/2006)
  14. Turkey Farmer (1/17/2006)
  15. Alligator Farmer (1/24/2006)
  16. Viewer's Choice Special (1/31/2006)
  17. Mushroom Farmer (3/7/2006)
  18. Plumber (3/14/2006)
  19. Termite Controller (3/21/2006)
  20. Casino Food Recycler (6/13/2006)
  21. Rose Parade Float Dismantler (6/20/2006)
  22. Garbage Pit Technician (6/27/2006)
  23. Skull Cleaner (7/11/2006)
  24. Geoduck Farmer (7/18/2006)
  25. Fuel Tank Cleaner (7/25/2006)
  26. Jobs that Bite (7/30/2006)
  27. Jobs That Bite...Harder (8/4/2006)
  28. Coal Miner (8/8/2006)
  29. Hoof Cleaner (8/15/2006)
  30. Alpaca Shearer (8/22/2006)
  31. Monkey Caretaker (8/29/2006)
  32. 100th Dirty Job Special (9/5/2006)

The Third Season

  1. Snake Researcher (11/28/2006)
  2. Penguin Keeper (12/5/2006)
  3. Bell Maker (12/12/2006)
  4. Mosquito Control Officer (12/19/2006)
  5. Bug Breeder (1/9/2007)
  6. Poo Pot Maker (1/16/2007)
  7. Mule Logger (1/23/2007)
  8. Well Digger (1/30/2007)
  9. Cave Digger (2/20/2007)
  10. Salt Miner (2/27/2007)
  11. Wine Maker (3/6/2007)
  12. Steam Ship Cleaner (3/13/2007)
  13. Really Dirty Animals (3/20/2007)
  14. Billboard Installer (6/26/2007)
  15. Snake Wrangler (7/10/2007)
  16. Leather Tanner (7/17/2007)
  17. Dirtiest Machines on the Planet (7/24/2007)
  18. Bridge Painter (8/7/2007)
  19. Vomit Island Workers (8/14/2007)
  20. Alligator Egg Collector (8/21/2007)
  21. Wild Goose Chase (8/28/2007)
  22. Crew's Cruise (9/18/2007)
  23. 150th Dirty Job Extravaganza (10/23/2007)
  24. Special Effects Artist (10/30/2007)
  25. Reef Ball Maker (11/6/2007)
  26. Exotic Animal Keeper (11/13/2007)
  27. Creepy, Slimy and Just Plain Weird (11/20/2007)
  28. Spray Insulation Technician (11/27/2007)
  29. Dirty Innovators (12/4/2007)

The Fourth Season

  1. Big Animal Vet (1/8/2008)
  2. Steel Mill Worker (1/15/2008)
  3. Cave Biologist (1/22/2008)
  4. Buoy Cleaner (1/29/2008)
  5. Cranberry Farmer (2/5/2008)
  6. Mud Mineral Excavator (2/12/2008)
  7. Tight Spaces - Part 1 (2/19/2008)
  8. Brown Plate Special (2/26/2008)
  9. Dirty Jobs of the Big Apple (4/14/2008)
  10. Floating Fish Factory (4/21/2008)
  11. Dairy Cow Midwife (4/28/2008)
  12. Aerial Tram Greaser (5/5/2008)
  13. Turkey Inseminator (5/12/2008)
  14. Ice Salvage Crew (5/19/2008)
  15. Wind Farm Technician (6/2/2008)
  16. Animal Barber (6/9/2008)
  17. Brown Before Green (6/16/2008)
  18. Greenland Shark Quest (7/29/2008)

The Fifth Season

  1. Tar Rigger (10/7/2008)
  2. Dirty Chip Maker (10/14/2008)
  3. Sheep Castrator (10/21/2008)
  4. Leech Trapper (10/28/2008)
  5. Dirty Presidents (11/4/2008)
  6. Mannequin Factory (11/11/2008)
  7. Egg Farm (11/18/2008)
  8. Vellum Maker (11/25/2008)
  9. Maggot Farmer (12/2/2008)
  10. Gourd Maker (12/9/2008)
  11. Brown Before Green - Part 2 (12/16/2008)
  12. Bologna Maker (1/6/2009)
  13. Abandoned Mine Plugger (1/13/2009)
  14. Animal Rendering (1/20/2009)
  15. Goose Down Plucker (1/27/2009)
  16. Diaper Cleaner (2/3/2009)
  17. Spider Pharm (2/10/2009)
  18. Locomotive Builder (2/17/2009)
  19. 200 Jobs Look-Back (2/24/2009)
  20. Mike's Day Off (3/3/2009)
  21. Sled Dog Breeder (4/12/2009)

The Sixth Season

  1. Mattress Recycler (10/6/2009)
  2. High-Rise Window Washer (10/13/2009)
  3. Toilet Crusher (10/20/2009)
  4. Camel Rancher (10/27/2009)
  5. Tofu Maker (11/3/2009)
  6. Glass Maker (11/10/2009)
  7. Rocky Reach Dam (11/17/2009)
  8. Safety Third (11/24/2009)
  9. Reindeer Farm (12/1/2009)
  10. Marble Maker (12/8/2009)
  11. Fireworks Technician (12/15/2009)
  12. Worm Grunter (12/22/2009)
  13. Maple Syrup Maker (12/29/2009)
  14. Animal Control Specialist (1/5/2010)
  15. Cricket Farmer (1/12/2010)
  16. Chicken Busters (1/19/2010)
  17. Soo Locks Technician (1/26/2010)
  18. Concrete Finisher (2/2/2010)
  19. Bone Black (2/9/2010)
  20. Tight Spaces - Part 2 (2/16/2010)
  21. Crew Unemployment (2/23/2010)
  22. The Dirty Truth (6/14/2010)

The Seventh Season

  1. Exotic Nanny (10/19/2010)
  2. Wetland Warrior (10/26/2010)
  3. Sea Lamprey Exterminator (11/2/2010)
  4. Animal Relocator (11/9/2010)
  5. Lightning Rod Installer (11/16/2010)
  6. Woolen Mill Operator (11/21/2010)
  7. Pinsetter Mechanic (11/23/2010)
  8. Bug Detective (11/28/2010)
  9. Horse Tester (11/30/2010)
  10. Custom Meat Processor (12/7/2010)
  11. Dirty Holidays (12/14/2010)
  12. Dirty Conversations - Part 1 (12/21/2010)
  13. Date Palm Pollinator (12/28/2010)
  14. Asphalt Paver (1/4/2011)
  15. Rum Distiller (1/11/2011)
  16. Hair Fairy (1/18/2011)
  17. Dirty Infrastructure (1/25/2011)
  18. Scrapple Maker (2/1/2011)
  19. Blueberry Connoisseur (2/8/2011)
  20. Sponge Diver (2/15/2011)
  21. Cedar Log Peeler (2/22/2011)
  22. Termite Researcher (3/1/2011)
  23. Dirty DNA (3/8/2011)

The Eighth Season

  1. Fish Squeezer (12/13/2011)
  2. Fossil Hunter (12/20/2011)
  3. Doomsday Seed Banker (12/27/2011)
  4. Water Softener Technician (1/3/2012)
  5. Barber's Assistant (1/10/2012)
  6. Mardi Gras Bladder Banger (1/17/2012)
  7. Medical Waste (1/24/2012)
  8. Dirty Little Bits (1/31/2012)
  9. Tower Top Hand (2/7/2012)
  10. Onion Processor (2/14/2012)
  11. Dirty Conversations - Part 2 (2/21/2012)

The Ninth Season

  1. Lost in Aboriginal Land (8/22/2012)
  2. Deadly Snake Wrangler (8/29/2012)
  3. Journey to Croc Country (9/5/2012)
  4. Outback Treasure Hunter (9/12/2012)

TV Specials

  1. The Nitty Gritty: Beer Processing (11/21/2010)
  2. The Nitty Gritty: Cranberry Farmer (11/28/2010)

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