40 Hours of Television

The class is over, but the discussion continues. Does the media shape reality, or does reality shape the media? Art can imitate life...and life can imitate art. "40 Hours of TV" will explore the media and its impact on us all.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Review: "Dirty Jobs"

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.


Blogger Hale McKay said...

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