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Review: Dirty Jobs

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The Discovery Channel has an excellent series of programs that can be enjoyed by the entire family, including the superb Myth Busters. A new program to the network is Dirty Jobs. A bit edgier than other Discovery Channel shows, but more so for the content. More on that in a bit.

Dirty Jobs is hosted by Mike Rowe, an engaging personality with a dry wit who sounds a bit like David Letterman. Rowe is a well-known Bay Area personality and a former staff writer for The Jamie Kennedy Experience.

Each week, Rowe tackles a different “dirty” job, such as road kill collector, sanitation worker, sewer inspector and so on. Some of the dirty jobs are indeed cringe-worthy (cleaning a basement flooded with raw sewage, assisting in the insemination of a horse) which puts the show to a TV-14 rating. It’s fascinating stuff, since many of the jobs Rowe explores are the kinds of jobs that most people really don’t know much about.

Rowe is a true sport who tries hard in each job, injecting a sense of humor to the oft-times disgusting tasks at hand. Not all “dirty jobs” are disgusting, but most of them are. If you have a strong stomach, Dirty Jobs is a great show. Just don’t watch while eating dinner.

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  • Les Slater

    I don’t have a TV, never mind cable. The only time I watch TV is when I’m traveling.

    While at one hotel I saw a promotional for ‘Dirty Jobs’. On the soundtrack one of my favorite songs was playing quitetly in the background, ‘We Care a Lot’ by ‘Faith No More’.