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"The Hard Times of RJ Berger" is a television series that premiered on MTV. The premise is straightforward; RJ is a socially awkward "geek". He also happens to be well-endowed, but it is a secret he keeps from everyone. RJ's secret is revealed is forced to play in a basketball game by his gym coach after a series of players are hurt.

He puts on a uniform three-times too big for him and heads out on the court. After a few moments of playing the shorts, which were much too big, fall down and reveal his privates to the school. He initially becomes popular due to the incident but it dies down eventually and RJ is relegated to relative anonymity once again.

While the experience was embarrassing, the sudden popularity piques his interest and he insists he is going to make an effort to forge an active social life. The rest of the series follows RJ as he attempts to handle the pitfalls of his teenage years, his parent's sexual relationship and, eventual, divorce, and his unrequited love for Jenny Swanson, a popular and beautiful cheerleader. He is also forced to deal with Lily, his best friend who has a crush on him, and the constant nagging of his other friends who are desperate to become popular.

RJ begins to move through life at warp speed, learning how to be socially acceptable along the way. He dates Jenny, but they eventually part ways. Soon he meets Amy, a tutor, and they begin a relationship that carries through the entirety of the series. The show ran for two full seasons.

The creators of the show describe "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" as a cross between "Super Bad" and "The Wonder Years". In essence, the series is a coming of age tale for the 21st century youth. It is presented in a comical manner but it does deal intensely with the harsh realities of teenage life; including divorce, illness and bullying. The sexual connotations and innuendos push it firmly into the mature audience category; thus the creator's descriptions aren't entirely correct.

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2 Seasons, 25 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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7.9/10
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The Hard Times of RJ Berger Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, RJ and Max Owens compete for the "Mr. Pinkerton" title. Lily shares some surprising news.

  • Just as RJ is about to take things to the next level with Amy, he and his ex-girlfriend, Jenny, get nominated for Mr. and Ms. Pinkerton. RJ discovers Max's secret.

  • RJ throws a "Max Bash" to get back at Max Owens for ruining his birthday, and things quickly get out of hand when Max and his jock friends show up at the party.

  • With his 16th birthday approaching, RJ asks his dad to take him out for driving lessons, but somehow they end up at Hunkeez, a male strip club.

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