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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the reality series spin-off Dirty Jobs Down Under with Mike Rowe features the host learning how to do messy, often dangerous jobs in Australia. The handling of dangerous reptiles sometimes leads to bloody bite wounds, while some pests (like toads) are humanely killed on camera. The show is humorously entertaining, but mild references to sex and some salty vocab ("crap," "hell": stronger curses bleeped) make it a big rough around the edges for younger viewers.
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What's the story?
The Dirty Jobs spin-off DIRTY JOBS DOWN UNDER WITH MIKE ROWE features comical host Mike Rowe as he works as an apprentice for folks in charge of some of the messiest and most dangerous jobs in Australia. From wrangling deadly snakes from pools and pantries to mining opals, Rowe learns about the many unique and dangerous jobs that people do to make daily life run smoothly in some of the country's more extreme environments. There are some harrowing moments, but Rowe uses his trademark humor to diffuse the most stressful situations. Details about some of the reptiles they confront and trivia questions are also offered throughout the show.
Is it any good?
Each episode of the Dirty Jobs spin-off features Rowe learning to do some of the many jobs that most people would never consider making a career, but that are vital for the well-being of the community. It also has the feel of a wild road trip as the entire crew takes pictures and films events from their personal recording devices while they experience some of the many things that make Australia unique.
Dirty Jobs Down Under is a lot of fun, and Rowe's trademark dry humor will also lead to a lot of chuckles. But like the original show, the occasional salty vocab and innuendo makes it a bit too strong for younger viewers. Some of the encounters with (and handling of) local pests might make you a little squeamish, too. For those who can handle it, however, this show is very entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons why people do these kinds of jobs. Does featuring people who do these jobs on a reality show help garner respect for them and what they do? Or is it just voyeuristic entertainment?
What is the appeal of this show? Is it mainly a platform for Mike Rowe's humor, or do you learn something?
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