It’s a dirty job, but …

‘Dirty Jobs’ has been a family favorite for a number of years now. We love to see America’s dirtiest jobs as performed by the humorous Mike Rowe. My son and I are always keeping our eyes out for a dirty job that we could submit to Discovery Channel as requested by Rowe at the end of each episode.

We were plesantly suprised, when in season 5, episode 10, Rowe presents his visit to the Garden Island’s Red Dirt Shirts. Our only disappointment was that we didn’t know and didn’t get to meet him. They have souvinirs of his visit and the magnet adorns our refrigerator.

In addition to Rowe’s humor, the viewer is exposed to some of the slimiest, stinkiest, creepiest, dirty jobs around. To quote the ‘Dirty Jobs anthem’ chorus: “Dirty jobs they’re everywhere, just take a look around. Down the street, up the stairs and even underground.”

The Netflix recommendation computer (I call him ‘Wisenheimer’) suggested ‘Breaking Bad.’ This AMC offering is considerably different than their usual fare (Mad Men). Malcom-in-the-Middle father Bryan Cranston faces some hard choices after receiving some tough news.

Now, I wasn’t the best chemistry student in high school, but I enjoyed my classes. Little did I realize I could have put the skills to work cooking methamphetamine. ‘Breaking Bad’ is very well-done, and I find myself trying to squeeze in one more episode before bed. Did you know hydrofluoric acid would eat through your bathtub? The things TV will teach you.

‘Following’ was also recommended by ‘Wisenheimer’. Filmed in black and white we follow a young Brit who follows strangers. Now I’ve never lived in a large city where the crush of humanity makes everyone faceless, so getting a peak at this particular fetish is mildly uncomfortable.

Director Christopher Nolan jumps back and forth in time as he unravels why we’re following this particular follower. Confusing at first, and a bit slow to start, we can’t turn away because of the voyerism and are left wondering…. is someone following me.

‘Dirty Jobs’

Cast: Mike Rowe

This show is: Gritty, witty and really dirty

Rated: TV-14

Common Sense rating: Not for squemish or faint of heart

Mike Rowe travels across America working side by side with the hardworking people who perform the most thankless of jobs. Rowe adds his own brand of humor in this Discovery Channel  reality series. 4 of 5 Netflix stars.

‘Breaking Bad’

Cast: Bryan Cranston Anna Gunn Aaron Paul Dean Norris

This show is: Violent, Dark, Gritty

Rated: TV-14

Common Sense rating: Drug use, violence and melting bodies with chemisty

Chemistry teacher Walter White, recently diagonsed with terminal lung cancer, puts his chemical brilliance to use and enters the crimnial underworld. 4 of 5 Netflix stars.

‘Following’

Cast: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan, Dick Bradsell

This show is: Cerebral, Gritty, Mind-bending, Suspenseful, Understated

Rated: R

Common Sense rating: Language and some violence

Christopher Nolan’s (Memento) first film tells the story of a young man who follows strangers. Harmless enough to start, he can keep his distance and finds himself drawn into England’s criminal underworld. 3 of 5 Netflix stars.

Five more from the Queue

1. IP man

2. My Bodyguard

3. I Love You Phillip Morris

4. Arrested Development

5. Ironclad

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