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OMG I have seen this guy do everthing from Killing roaches {{{{shudder}}}} to fertilizing peach trees (ewwwww real once live fertilizer). It is a great show but I keep forgetting when it's on. :huh:

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One of the best reality shows is DIRTY JOBS on the Discovery Channel hosted by Mike Rowe

I agree with you ART...My hubby and I love this show. He has done it all we think!

No special effects and stuntmen here! Its all real!

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I don't think I've missed any of them. Great show, great host. Mike Rowe would make a good reality show host, like if they ever brought back "The Mole," his sly wit is just right.


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I don't think I've missed any of them. Great show, great host. Mike Rowe would make a good reality show host, like if they ever brought back "The Mole," his sly wit is just right.


Mike is always looking for more Dirty Jobs lol

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This is an interesting show. Really gives a new prespective and appreciation of these jobs people do for a living. I will never look at a storm drain the same here in LA.

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Mike must have pellets of Vicks Vapor Rub crammed up his nose. He is AMAZING!!

I saw the Roach Poop episode and almost gagged. This show is a great balance between interesting material and totally disgusting information. I DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW THAT ROACHES LEAVE TRAILS OF POOP!! But, now I do.

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Last nights show was great, Mike got to play with mudd yup yucky dirty mud lol lol

Art, I think that was the episode where he was here in Louisiana working as a roughneck on a drilling rig!!

Yes...mud, mud, mud, and more mud!! We call it 'Gumbo mud' because it just sticks to anything it touches like gorilla glue...lol

I really enjoyed that show! :lol:

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Just watched my first episode of this show. I have so much on during the "on" season I've never been able to watch it.

It's actually fun to watch. Should have know ART would be watching this. Watched Mike Rowe making mushrooms. I thought they grew in little green containers at the store :huh:


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Courtesy of: ZAP2IT

Discovery Wants To Do Your 'Dirty Jobs'

By Kate O'Hare, Zap2it

August 8 2006


Mike Rowe on 'Dirty Jobs'

Being an entertainment journalist is not really a dirty job. There might be the odd pair of shoes that never quite recovers from the mud of the "Deadwood" thoroughfare, or trousers coated with hair from a visit with the "Dog Whisperer," but that's about as bad as it gets.

One thing's for certain, Mike Rowe will never spend the day as a TV critic for his Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs," currently airing its third season on Tuesdays.

And, indeed, why should he, when he can revel in the delights of such occupations as roadkill collector, charcoal sorter, zookeeper, sewer inspector, pig farmer, owl-vomit collector and parade-float disassembler (a job far more gross than you could possibly imagine)?

Each week, Rowe heads out into America to see just how filthy he can get doing an honest day's work.

"I asked for it," he says. "No one to blame but me."

"Dirty Jobs" began as a segment Rowe did on unpleasant but necessary jobs for a local TV show in San Francisco.

"My feeling always was and has been," he says, "you can't honestly pay any kind of tribute unless you actually do the work. This needed to be both participatory and voyeuristic, but mainly hands-on. As it turns out, the audience just loved to see me get brutalized by good-natured, hardworking people that were better at what they did than I was."

Rowe submitted a clip to Discovery, where he also was host for the first season of the channel's crab-fishing show "The Deadliest Catch," which he still narrates. The next thing he knew, he was up to his knees, elbows and even chin in muck, grime, slop and every kind of excrement imaginable. And, on occasion, he gets to artificially inseminate livestock.

"I've violated every farm animal there is at this point," he says, "horse, pig, goat, turkeys, dogs, ostriches."

After days spent hot-tar roofing, cleaning up pigeon droppings, killing termites, doing autopsies on whales and catfish noodling (don't ask, you just have to see it to believe it), Rowe has little tolerance for the notion that Americans are no longer willing to get their hands dirty to make a living.

"I'm the wrong guy to talk to about jobs Americans won't do," he says, "because, for the last year, that's all I've seen. We've got the kinds of jobs that you look at and immediately understand and immediately get in terms of 'That's got to get done. I'm not doing it, but I'm glad they are.'"

He also has a theory why "Dirty Jobs" has been enough of a hit to warrant a recent marathon of episodes (and earn Rowe a spot as host of his own Shark Week specials).

"'Dirty Jobs' probably wouldn't have had an audience if it debuted 30 years ago," he says, "because, I think, 30 years ago, most Americans understood that society is held together by the grit and the grime, the nuts and the bolts, the men and the women who get in there with their hands.

"Today, it's entirely possible to not only make a good living but to go through your whole life without ever picking up a shovel or an ax, without ever getting really, genuinely greasy building a thing or accomplishing a thing. You can literally live your life and not just avoid it but thrive by not even getting close to it.

"So, not to overthink it, but I believe there's a collective guilt in the country. There's an awareness back in the reptilian part of our brain, that says, 'Somebody else is paying the freight.'"

Although the bio for the 40-something Rowe includes such esoteric jobs as opera singing (for the Baltimore Opera), doing commercials and selling "simulated diamonds" on QVC, the Baltimore native -- who now lives "five days a month" in San Francisco -- comes by his admiration for the American workingman honestly.

"My dad was a schoolteacher," he says, "but my folks were fishermen -- crabbers in Maryland, cod in Boston, all up and down the East Coast, but mainly the Chesapeake. I'm first-generation lucky."

As to whether he could ever envision himself doing any of the "Dirty Jobs," Rowe says, "Actually, yeah, but only in a relative way. A year ago, I wouldn't have made a list and said, 'OK, I want to be a chick sexer, I want to be an indoor-demolition expert, and I want to be an alligator wrangler.'

"But indoor demolition is like every kid's fantasy. They basically send this team of guys into an office building with picks and axes and big sledgehammers, and the mission is to destroy every single thing that's not a wall or a supporting structure, smash it to pieces. If it's in there, it has to go through the windows, down a chute and into a truck, where it's hauled away. I spent a day with those guys in Ohio somewhere. I remember thinking at the end of the day, 'I'm really tired.'

"So anyway, the short answer is, in a relative world, I could probably pick half a dozen jobs I'd be comfortable doing -- well, not comfortable, but able to do with enough competence and not perish in the process."

And while the dirty part of "Dirty Jobs" is its chief selling point, Rowe says, "I said this to somebody the other day for the first time out loud, and it hurts me that I was telling the truth, but this show is really a lot more about work than it is about dirt. It's a dirty world, but really it's work. That's the celebration."

Apparently, it's also become a focus for family viewing.

"Some parents point," Rowe says, "and say, 'See, that's why you go to college.' Others say, 'See, it's OK, that's why you should respect so-and-so down the street, your neighbor, the garbageman, all the people that make it work."


Dirty Jobs airs Tuesdays at 9p.m ET/PT on The Discovery Channel

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I SO agree with you guys. I always forget to look for a place to comment on this show. So happy to see there's a thread out here.

Husband and I make a point of watching it when we find it - it floats around and then will do a whole night of repeats. Mike Rowe makes me laugh more than most comedians. And, oh, those jobs!!!

One of the most undervalued shows on TV ... IMHO.

Did anyone see the one with the bull and the cows. Just hilarious.

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Good one, Wash. (And the appropriate I.D. for this thread, too.) I'd love to see any politician do just what Rowe does, no more. Sigh -- never would happen.

The thing I love about this show is that it's like those people who write the greeting cards -- who ever thinks of these people? Who wants to do this when they grow up? There are jobs in here that could give me nightmares. But I find them all fascinating, just the same. And God bless the people who do these things every day.

Some of the jobs covered ...

Chimney sweeper, underwater logger, scrap metal recycler

Pet groomer, micro-algae man, coal charcoal factory worker

Cobb home builder, bee man, bio-diesel man

Shrimper, crawfish catcher, tire recyclers

Zoo keeper, cheese maker, volcano mud bath mixer

Coffee taster, marine mammal rescuer, ostrich farmer

Hot tar roofer, house movers

Owl vomit collector, turkey farmer

Mushroom farmer, storm drain cleaner, copper brass foundry worker

Plumber, mud driller, rough neck

Concrete spreader, exterminator, concrete chipper

Duck habitat cleaner, casino food recycler

Coke oven operator, oyster shucker, parade float dismantler (moldy flowers)

Printing press operator, terracota manufacturer, garbage pit technician

Gandy dancer, sausage maker, skull cleaner

Malibu Bay preservation, pipe organ specialist, geoduck farmer

Candy factory technician, tire retreader, fuel tank cleaner

Building salvager, coal miner, monkey trainer

Rock quarry worker, hippo keeper, hoof trimmer

Shellfish farmer, taro farmer, Alpaca shearer

Casino food recycler ... I think that one might have been the worst.

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