The Hard Times of RJ Berger

The BEST episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 3/4/2022Network: MTV
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Sex. Teen. Candles
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7.86
265 votes

#1 - Sex. Teen. Candles

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/23/2011

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.

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Cousin Vinny
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7.71
480 votes

#2 - Cousin Vinny

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/28/2011

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).

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The Better Man
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7.68
265 votes

#3 - The Better Man

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/30/2011

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

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Steamy Surprise
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7.67
236 votes

#4 - Steamy Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/30/2011

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.

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The Lock-In
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7.64
454 votes

#5 - The Lock-In

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/11/2011

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.

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Hunkeez
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7.52
353 votes

#6 - Hunkeez

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/16/2011

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.

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RJ's Choice
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7.52
421 votes

#7 - RJ's Choice

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/24/2011

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.

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Saving Dick
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7.51
324 votes

#8 - Saving Dick

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/25/2011

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.

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Tell and Kiss
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7.42
351 votes

#9 - Tell and Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/19/2010

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

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Over the Rainblow
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7.41
322 votes

#10 - Over the Rainblow

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/12/2010

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

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You, Me, and Weezer
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7.34
324 votes

#11 - You, Me, and Weezer

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/2/2011

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.

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Lily Pad
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7.31
378 votes

#12 - Lily Pad

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/16/2010

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.

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Give Me a P
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7.26
294 votes

#13 - Give Me a P

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/9/2011

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.

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Ugly Jenny
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7.23
504 votes

#14 - Ugly Jenny

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/11/2011

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.

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Deadliest Crotch
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7.14
443 votes

#15 - Deadliest Crotch

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/18/2011

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.

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Yes We Can't
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7.13
425 votes

#16 - Yes We Can't

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/14/2010

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

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The Rebound
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7.11
325 votes

#17 - The Rebound

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/5/2010

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

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Here's to You, Mrs. Robbins
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7.05
421 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/28/2010

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.

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Nerds Gone Wild
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7.05
385 votes

#19 - Nerds Gone Wild

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/26/2010

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

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Behind Enemy Lines
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7.03
408 votes

#20 - Behind Enemy Lines

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/9/2010

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.

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The Berger Cometh
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6.96
453 votes

#21 - The Berger Cometh

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/21/2010

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

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The Right Thing
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6.95
502 votes

#22 - The Right Thing

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/23/2010

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.

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It's All About the Hamiltons
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6.92
411 votes

#23 - It's All About the Hamiltons

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/2/2010

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

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Pilot
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6.88
408 votes

#24 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/6/2010

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

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