The BEST Episodes of The Hard Times of RJ Berger

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Network: MTV

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 - Aired May 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.

star 7.86
265 votes
Cousin Vinny

#2 - Cousin Vinny

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 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).

star 7.71
480 votes
The Better Man

#3 - The Better Man

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 30, 2011

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

star 7.68
265 votes
Steamy Surprise

#4 - Steamy Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired May 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.

star 7.67
236 votes
The Lock-In

#5 - The Lock-In

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 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.

star 7.64
454 votes

#6 - Hunkeez

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 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.

star 7.52
353 votes
RJ's Choice

#7 - RJ's Choice

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.52
420 votes
Saving Dick

#8 - Saving Dick

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.51
324 votes
Tell and Kiss

#9 - Tell and Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 19, 2010

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

star 7.42
350 votes
Over the Rainblow

#10 - Over the Rainblow

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 12, 2010

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

star 7.41
321 votes
You, Me, and Weezer

#11 - You, Me, and Weezer

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 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.

star 7.34
324 votes
Lily Pad

#12 - Lily Pad

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.31
378 votes
Give Me a P

#13 - Give Me a P

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 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.

star 7.26
294 votes
Ugly Jenny

#14 - Ugly Jenny

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.23
504 votes
Deadliest Crotch

#15 - Deadliest Crotch

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.14
443 votes
Yes We Can't

#16 - Yes We Can't

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 14, 2010

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

star 7.14
423 votes
The Rebound

#17 - The Rebound

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 5, 2010

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

star 7.10
324 votes
Here's to You, Mrs. Robbins

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

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 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.

star 7.05
420 votes
Nerds Gone Wild

#19 - Nerds Gone Wild

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 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.

star 7.04
384 votes
Behind Enemy Lines

#20 - Behind Enemy Lines

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 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.

star 7.03
408 votes
The Berger Cometh

#21 - The Berger Cometh

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 21, 2010

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

star 6.96
452 votes
The Right Thing

#22 - The Right Thing

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 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.

star 6.95
502 votes
It's All About the Hamiltons

#23 - It's All About the Hamiltons

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 2, 2010

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

star 6.92
410 votes

#24 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2010

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

star 6.89
406 votes