The Hard Times of RJ Berger

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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (5,843)

The Hard Times of RJ Berger is an American teen comedy-drama television series that aired on MTV from 2010 to 2011. The show revolves around the life of RJ Berger (Paul Iacono), a high school student who faces the everyday struggles of being unpopular and unattractive. The series focuses on his attempts to navigate through high school and his budding relationships with his crush, Jenny Swanson (Amber Lancaster), and his best friend, Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise).

RJ's life takes a turn when a humiliating incident in the school gym locker room reveals that he is well-endowed, a fact that quickly spreads throughout the entire school. Suddenly, RJ goes from being invisible to everyone to being the talk of the school. However, this newfound popularity comes with its own set of problems as the popular kids begin to take notice of him.

The series depicts RJ's struggles to deal with his new-found fame, as well as his efforts to pursue Jenny and his friendship with Miles. Along the way, he also has to deal with the challenges of high school, including bullies, cliques, and school administrators.

The show features a diverse cast of characters, including RJ's parents, Suzanne and Rick Berger (Lori Alan and Larry Poindexter), who are often shown as being over-protective and overbearing. Beth Littleford portrays RJ's guidance counselor, Ms. Rosso, who is a quirky and rather unconventional character. Kara Taitz plays Amy, a not-so-bright student who develops a crush on RJ, and Caitlin Crosby plays RJ's rival, Mindy.

The show has been praised for its portrayal of high school life and the relatable situations faced by its characters. It also provides an interesting take on the classic teen drama genre by incorporating elements of comedy and satire.

One of the standout features of the show is the writing, which is smart and witty, often skewering the conventions of high school dramas. The dialogue is snappy and full of pop culture references that will resonate with the show's target audience.

The cast is also noteworthy, with each actor bringing a unique energy to their respective roles. Paul Iacono is exceptional as RJ, displaying a vulnerability and insecurity that makes him a relatable and sympathetic protagonist. Amber Lancaster's Jenny is charming and attractive, while Jareb Dauplaise steals scenes as RJ's quirky and loyal best friend.

Overall, The Hard Times of RJ Berger is an entertaining and enjoyable series that will appeal to fans of high school dramas with a comedic twist. Its fresh take on the genre, engaging characters, and clever writing make it a standout show that is well worth checking out.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on June 6, 2010.

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The Better Man
12. The Better Man
May 30, 2011
In the season finale, RJ and Max Owens compete for the "Mr. Pinkerton" title. Lily shares some surprising news.
Steamy Surprise
11. Steamy Surprise
May 30, 2011
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.
Sex. Teen. Candles.
10. Sex. Teen. Candles.
May 23, 2011
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.
9. Hunkeez
May 16, 2011
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.
Give Me A 'p
8. Give Me A 'p
May 9, 2011
RJ is forced to choose between his parents when they both schedule dinners on their wedding anniversary eve. In an effort to lose weight, Miles joins the cheerleading team.
You, Me, and Weezer
7. You, Me, and Weezer
May 2, 2011
Trying to impress Amy, RJ tries to get fake IDs and tickets for a 21 and over concert. Weezer guest stars.
Saving Dick
6. Saving Dick
April 25, 2011
RJ gets caught in a lie which affects his relationship with Jenny. Amy teams up with RJ to save his drunk, depressed, unemployed father.
Deadliest Crotch
5. Deadliest Crotch
April 18, 2011
RJ's grades start to go down due to the stress of Jenny and his parents. When he's forced to see a tutor, she offers him more than just academic advice. Meanwhile, Miles gets seduced by his teacher.
Ugly Jenny
4. Ugly Jenny
April 11, 2011
Jenny has an unexpected break out and RJ questions the depth of their relationship. Lily receives her settlement form her bus accident and gets a taste of popularity.
The Lock-in
3. The Lock-in
April 4, 2011
It's "Lock-In" night at school and RJ will finally have the chance to have sex with Jenny, unless Lily has something to do about it.
Cousin Vinny
2. Cousin Vinny
March 28, 2011
RJ asks Jenny on a date and when she says yes, he prepares by getting a G-T-L makeover from Cousin Vinny (Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino).
RJ's Choice
1. RJ's Choice
March 24, 2011
In the season 2 premiere, RJ struggles with choosing between his friend Lily and his fantasy girl Jenny Swanson. Mike deals with the aftermath of beating Max Owens.
My Name is RJ Berger
0. My Name is RJ Berger
March 17, 2011
Full recap of the first season of The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Unforgettable moments with exclusive interviews from the creators and cast and a sneak peerk of what's to come in season 2.
Where to Watch The Hard Times of RJ Berger
The Hard Times of RJ Berger is available for streaming on the MTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Hard Times of RJ Berger on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 6, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (5,843)