My wife and I have made made the watching of Dirty Jobs a "must see TV" event. Every week, host Mike Rowe finds himself learning the ins-and-outs of a new job, somewhere in the United States (although there have been a few "overseas" episodes as well). Most of these jobs are of the filthy and pungent variety, from garbage collectors and sewer workers to hot tar roofers and big animal veterinarians. The "gross-out" factor is one of the show's appeals, however that's just a "surface" factor. Beneath the disgusting appearance of many of these jobs, Mike is paying heartfelt tribute to the men and women across our country who do such jobs for a living, wading hip-deep daily into disgusting and thankless tasks that most of us would try to avoid. I've gained a serious appreciation for the unsung individuals who do what I could never do. Hour-long episodes of the TV show usually feature Mike in anywhere from 1 to 3 different jobs (depending on how much humor and/or fascination he can wring out of the experience). This DVD set pulls 24 different jobs together, though not necessarily in the exact same pairings as were shown on TV. Episodes from this set that I would highlight include: Pig Farmer, Ostrich Rancher, Disaster Cleaner-Upper, Coal Miner, Fuel Tank Cleaner, and the infamous Monkey Caretaker (in which Mike and his entire filming/production crew are terrorized by a small but vocal monkey in Africa). -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library
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