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The Best Episodes of Dirty Jobs

Every episode of Dirty Jobs ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Dirty Jobs!

Host and everyman Mike Rowe gets the grimy scoop on downright nasty occupations.

Genres:RealityComedy
Network:Discovery

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Dirty Jobs" is "Lost in Aboriginal Land", rated 8.9/10 from 48 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Lost in Aboriginal Land" aired on 8/22/2012 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Journey to Croc Country".

  • Lost in Aboriginal Land
    8.9/10 48 votes

    #1 - Lost in Aboriginal Land

    Season 9 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-08-22

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Journey to Croc Country
    8.5/10 30 votes

    #2 - Journey to Croc Country

    Season 9 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-09-05

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Jellyballer / Epoxy Installer
    8.1/10 19 votes

    #3 - Jellyballer / Epoxy Installer

    Season 10 Episode 2 - Aired 2022-01-09

    Mike Rowe joins a fourth-generation fisherman's crew in Georgia as they harvest cannonball Jellyfish for food, a trade known as Jellyballing. Then Mike helps a father-son team install epoxy flooring at a restaurant in time for the dinner rush.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Deadly Snake Wrangler
    8.0/10 32 votes

    #4 - Deadly Snake Wrangler

    Season 9 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-08-29

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Leather Tanner
    7.9/10 43 votes

    #5 - Leather Tanner

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-07-17

    Mike goes to Georgia to learn how to make artistic jugs. He then joins Richard Meyer and his sons in upstate New York to learn the ancient trade of tanning leather.

    Director: Dave Barsky

    Writer: N/A

  • Goose Down Plucker
    7.9/10 34 votes

    #6 - Goose Down Plucker

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2009-01-27

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Dirty Truth
    7.9/10 11 votes

    #7 - The Dirty Truth

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-06-14

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Rodbuster / Galvanizer
    7.9/10 23 votes

    #8 - Rodbuster / Galvanizer

    Season 10 Episode 1 - Aired 2022-01-02

    Mike installs rebar with a team of rodbusters, then he galvanizes steel.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Alligator Egg Collector
    7.8/10 44 votes

    #9 - Alligator Egg Collector

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-08-21

    Mike Rowe gets dirty as he forages the swamps of Louisiana in search of alligator eggs 90,000 of them to be exact. It's a very dirty job that's helping to preserve the population of the American alligator.

    Director: Dave Barsky

    Writer: N/A

  • Cedar Log Peeler
    7.8/10 28 votes

    #10 - Cedar Log Peeler

    Season 7 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-02-22

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Outback Treasure Hunter
    7.8/10 29 votes

    #11 - Outback Treasure Hunter

    Season 9 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-09-12

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Combat Surgeon / Iguana Hunter
    7.8/10 15 votes

    #12 - Combat Surgeon / Iguana Hunter

    Season 10 Episode 6 - Aired 2022-02-06

    Mike Rowe trains as a trauma surgeon using hyper-realistic scenarios and specialized equipment to learn under simulated battlefield conditions. He then controls an invasive mess of iguanas which are posing health risks to humans on the Florida coast.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • High-Rise Window Washer
    7.7/10 41 votes

    #13 - High-Rise Window Washer

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-10-13

    High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Tugboat Fitter / Water Tower
    7.7/10 15 votes

    #14 - Tugboat Fitter / Water Tower

    Season 10 Episode 3 - Aired 2022-01-16

    Mike visits a ship-building community in Coden, Ala., to learn the ins-and-outs of building a tugboat; he makes a long climb to the top of a dirty water tower in Magee, Miss., to clean inside the tank.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Skull Cleaner
    7.6/10 43 votes

    #15 - Skull Cleaner

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-07-11

    Mike first goes to Sacramento, CA to help repair railroad tracks. Mike then heads to Louisiana to learn how to make "boudin" (Cajun sausage). Mike then cuts and fry's pig skins to make "cracklin" (pork rinds). Finally, Mike goes to Oklahoma and joins a skull cleaning business to learn how to clean skulls and bones using beetles and maggots, including a whale carcass.

    Director: Dave Barsky

    Writer: N/A

  • Special Effects Artist
    7.6/10 44 votes

    #16 - Special Effects Artist

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-10-30

    Mike exposes the fascinating secrets behind the dirty world of special effects. He explores this very strange world as he is transformed into a real life zombie by special effects artist, Toby Sells. Also, Mike gets dirty harvesting kelp.

    Director: Dave Barsky

    Writer: N/A

  • Chicken Busters
    7.6/10 29 votes

    #17 - Chicken Busters

    Season 6 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-01-19

    Mike goes on the hunt for feral chickens on the streets of Miami.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Asphalt Paver
    7.6/10 29 votes

    #18 - Asphalt Paver

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-01-04

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chinatown Garbage Collector
    7.5/10 58 votes

    #19 - Chinatown Garbage Collector

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-07-26

    Garbage collector/recycling separator, shark catcher/tagger, car recycling

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sewer Inspector
    7.5/10 70 votes

    #20 - Sewer Inspector

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-08-02

    Sewer inspector, disaster cleanup crew member (basement sewer), demolition worker (office building interior)

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Well Digger
    7.5/10 36 votes

    #21 - Well Digger

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2007-01-30

    Mike joins the Bowie BaySox team at Prince Georges Stadium in Maryland acting as a groundskeeper. Next he fixes boat moorings with a former Navy SEAL. He then joins Watson Water company dig deep through mud, rock, gravel, sand and water as they drill for heating and water in Tennessee. Also, Mike takes a dive into the mail bag.

    Director: Dave Barsky

    Writer: N/A

  • Fossil Hunter
    7.5/10 25 votes

    #22 - Fossil Hunter

    Season 8 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-12-20

    Mike travels to a remote area near Moab, Utah, to take on the job of being a paleontologist.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Tower Top Hand
    7.5/10 18 votes

    #23 - Tower Top Hand

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-02-07

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dirty Conversations 2
    7.5/10 15 votes

    #24 - Dirty Conversations 2

    Season 8 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-02-21

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Rock Sucker / Mountain Carver
    7.5/10 19 votes

    #25 - Rock Sucker / Mountain Carver

    Season 10 Episode 4 - Aired 2022-01-23

    Mike sucks rocks off an industrial roof with a massive vacuum. He then travels to the Black Hills to carve the largest monument in the world: Crazy Horse. Both stories involve several generations working together to pass on their life's ambitions.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A