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Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

  • Premiered: 
    July 26, 2005
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
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Plot Synopsis

Mike Rowe travels the country to find American laborers who make their living doing the most unthinkable jobs. With his hand-on- approach, Rowe becomes their apprentice, working alongside rat exterminators, bug breeders, sewer cleaners, cattle hide tanners and other professionals earning and honest but dirty living.

In a special season of the series, called DIRTY JOBS GOES DOWN UNDER, debuted on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. In this new season, Rowe travels to Australia to experience Oz-like dirty jobs, such as: working with Aboriginals who have lived off the land for more than 40,000 years on Australia's northern coast; capturing, without killing, the Eastern Brown snake, a reptile with no known anti-venom; and warring against Cane Toads in the Western Australia town of Darwin, where these animals are destroying the local ecosystem.
An all-new season of DIRTY JOBS premiered on Sunday, January 2, 2022 early in the day on discovery+ and at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. The return of DIRTY JOBS allows Mike to come back for another chance to take on jobs he didn't get to do before. Mike has completed dozens of construction jobs. However, this season he will tackle the most grueling one of all. Whether it's a water tower cleaner, escalator maintainer, combat surgeon or epoxy installer, each episode showcases the unsung heroes and the communities that rely on these essential jobs. Mike will also lend a hand to those on the frontlines protecting the nation from invasions, even if it involves glowing scorpions or destructive iguanas.

In the season opener, "Rodbuster; Galvanizer," Mike joins the hard workers responsible for building America's infrastructure. Every day, millions of people drive over bridges and along our vast highway system. But what exactly does it take to build these complex and vital structures? Mike apprentices with the rod busters, who work under brutal conditions and sweltering temperatures, as they twist, mold and fabricate the iron framework to secure our nation's superstructures. Mike travels outside Tampa, Florida, to meet with rod busters tasked with completing a bridge in just 1 day. Their work is both artistic and critical, but the results of their labor are always covered with concrete - out of sight and out of mind. Mike is ready to correct that. But will he be able to keep up with the high-pressure conditions and timeline? Then, Mike attempts to combat rust by galvanizing infrastructural steel in an 850-degree zinc bath.


Other Titles

  • Season in Australia called: Dirty Jobs Down Under with Mike Rowe

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Pilgrim Films and Television