The Best Episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2019

The Hard Times of RJ Berger is an American television comedy series created by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith for MTV. The show's central character is RJ Berger (Paul Iacono), an unpopular sophomore at the fictional Pinkerton High School in Ohio. Berger's two best friends are Miles Jenner (Jareb Dauplaise), whose ambitions for popularity cause him to clash with Berger, and Lily Miran (Kara Taitz), who has been lusting after Berger for several years. Berger's love interest is Jenny Swanson (Amber Lancaster), a "girl next door" who is involved with Max Owens (Jayson Blair), a popular jock and bully. The show is presented as a coming of age story and has been described by Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith as a blend of the television series The Wonder Years and the film Superbad.

Sex. Teen. Candles

#1 - Sex. Teen. Candles

Season 2 - Episode 10

After years of having his birthday ruined by Max Owens, RJ and his friends decide to throw a "Max Bash." When Max and his gang of jocks show up at the party, things get out of hand.

star 8.29
32 votes
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The Better Man

#2 - The Better Man

Season 2 - Episode 12

RJ receives shocking news from Lily and faces off with Max Owens for the title of "Mr. Pinkerton."

star 8.24
32 votes
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Steamy Surprise

#3 - Steamy Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 11

RJ finds out Max's "steamy secret," and things get complicated with Amy when he gets nominated for "Mr. and Miss Pinkerton" with ex-girlfriend, Jenny.

star 8.10
32 votes
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The Lock-In

#4 - The Lock-In

Season 2 - Episode 3

It's "Lock-In Night" at Pinkerton, and RJ finally gets the chance to have sex with Jenny, but a bitter Lily Miran will do everything she can to make sure that doesn't happen.

star 8.01
46 votes
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Cousin Vinny

#5 - Cousin Vinny

Season 2 - Episode 2

In an attempt to win over the girl of his dreams, RJ asks Jenny on a date. When she says "yes," he and Miles prepare with a G-T-L makeover from Cousin Vinny (Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino).

star 7.78
44 votes
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Give Me a P

#6 - Give Me a P

Season 2 - Episode 8

On the eve of their 20th anniversary, RJ's parents invite him to dueling dinners, and RJ is forced to choose between his mom and his dad. Meanwhile, Miles joins the cheerleading squad to lose weight.

star 7.78
32 votes
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Hunkeez

#7 - Hunkeez

Season 2 - Episode 9

With his 16th birthday rapidly approaching, RJ asks his dad for driving lessons. He gets way more than he bargained for when Rick takes him to Hunkeez, a male strip club.

star 7.77
33 votes
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You, Me, and Weezer

#8 - You, Me, and Weezer

Season 2 - Episode 7

In an attempt to impress Amy, RJ ventures to the wrong side of the tracks to find fake IDs and tickets to a 21 and over concert. Special Guest Star: Weezer.

star 7.70
33 votes
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RJ's Choice

#9 - RJ's Choice

Season 2 - Episode 1

Season 2 opens on a confused RJ, who is haunted by his friend Lily while yearning for his dream girl Jenny Swanson. Also, Miles deals with the ramifications for ball-beating Pinkerton's top dog, Max Owens.

star 7.68
42 votes
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Ugly Jenny

#10 - Ugly Jenny

Season 2 - Episode 4

When Jenny suffers a breakout, RJ questions the depth of their relationship. At the same time, Lily receives her settlement from the bus accident and experiences her first taste of popularity.

star 7.62
39 votes
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Tell and Kiss

#11 - Tell and Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 7

RJ lies to the jocks about his progress with Claire; Miles is busted for spreading rumors.

star 7.61
30 votes
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Saving Dick

#12 - Saving Dick

Season 2 - Episode 6

When RJ gets caught in a lie, his relationship with Jenny falters. In her absence, Amy joins RJ on a quest to save his drunk, depressed, and unemployed father.

star 7.61
33 votes
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Deadliest Crotch

#13 - Deadliest Crotch

Season 2 - Episode 5

Distracted by problems with Jenny and his parents, RJ's grades start to slip. When he's forced to see a tutor, she offers him more than just academic advice. Meanwhile, Miles gets seduced by his teacher.

star 7.59
36 votes
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The Berger Cometh

#14 - The Berger Cometh

Season 1 - Episode 3

RJ tries out for the school musical to get closer to Jenny Swanson.

star 7.56
44 votes
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Yes We Can't

#15 - Yes We Can't

Season 1 - Episode 2

When RJ's request for Computer Club funding is denied, he runs for student government.

star 7.55
44 votes
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The Right Thing

#16 - The Right Thing

Season 1 - Episode 12

RJ and date Jenny try their hardest to have the "best winter formal ever," but RJ's guilt over leaving Lily lands him back at her hospital bedside, where the two keep their promise to lose their virginity together.

star 7.55
37 votes
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Over the Rainblow

#17 - Over the Rainblow

Season 1 - Episode 6

RJ becomes interested in a new girl at school and discovers that she is a member of the Purity Club.

star 7.53
30 votes
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Here's to You, Mrs. Robbins

#18 - Here's to You, Mrs. Robbins

Season 1 - Episode 4

When RJ begins working to save money for a gift for Jenny Swanson's Sweet 16 birthday party, he soon learns his new employer has a strong sexual appetite, and Miles searches for a new best friend to replace RJ, due to his busy work schedule. At the end of the episode, RJ and Miles are best friends again.

star 7.50
40 votes
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Pilot

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

When RJ's shorts fall off in front of the whole school, his life is turned upside-down.

star 7.47
56 votes
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Lily Pad

#20 - Lily Pad

Season 1 - Episode 11

Lily's dreams might actually come true when RJ somewhat reluctantly decides to ask her to the upcoming dance. Things get a little sticky, however, when Miles raises the bar with an unlikely date and RJ finds himself in a tough spot.

star 7.47
29 votes
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Nerds Gone Wild

#21 - Nerds Gone Wild

Season 1 - Episode 8

RJ's parents go away for the weekend, leaving him in the care of a sexy babysitter; Miles throws a party for the nerds.

star 7.46
35 votes
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Behind Enemy Lines

#22 - Behind Enemy Lines

Season 1 - Episode 10

Unable to concentrate on his tutoring with Jenny, RJ fears that he's losing his focus and failing both himself and the girl of his dreams, so he and Miles conspire to steal a cheat sheet from a teacher's house. Unfortunaley, Miles makes the mistake of getting his psychopathic Iraq War Vet brother involved, and promising the answers for other jocks at Pinkerton High.

star 7.40
30 votes
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The Rebound

#23 - The Rebound

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Jenny becomes single, she asks RJ to study with her.

star 7.19
32 votes
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It's All About the Hamiltons

#24 - It's All About the Hamiltons

Season 1 - Episode 9

While in detention, RJ befriends a tough thug; Lily tries out for the cheerleading squad.

star 7.15
31 votes
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