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The Hard Times of RJ Berger was an American television comedy series created by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith for MTV. The show's central character is RJ Berger an unpopular sophomore at the fictional Pinkerton High School in Ohio who has an exceptionally large penis. Berger's two best friends are Miles Jenner, whose ambitions for popularity cause him to clash with Berger, and goth girl Lily Miran, who has been lusting after Berger for several years. Berger's love interest is Jenny Swanson, a cheerleader who is involved with Max Owens, 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.

The pilot episode premiered on June 6, 2010, and the first season of 12 episodes concluded August 23, 2010. MTV renewed The Hard Times of RJ Berger for a second season, which premiered on March 24, 2011, and concluded on May 30, 2011, but canceled the show that August.

  1. Seth Grahame-Smith


  2. David Katzenberg


Series Cast

  1. Paul Iacono as R.J. Berger

    Paul Iacono

    R.J. Berger

    24 Episodes

  2. Jareb Dauplaise as Miles Jenner

    Jareb Dauplaise

    Miles Jenner

    24 Episodes

  3. Kara Taitz as Lily Miran

    Kara Taitz

    Lily Miran

    24 Episodes

  4. Amber Lancaster as Jenny Swanson

    Amber Lancaster

    Jenny Swanson

    24 Episodes

  5. Jayson Blair as Max Owens

    Jayson Blair

    Max Owens

    24 Episodes

  6. Beth Littleford as Suzanne Berger

    Beth Littleford

    Suzanne Berger

    24 Episodes

  7. Larry Poindexter as Rick Berger

    Larry Poindexter

    Rick Berger

    24 Episodes

  8. Marlon Young as Coach Jeriba Sinclair

    Marlon Young

    Coach Jeriba Sinclair

    24 Episodes

  9. Ciena Rae as Robin Pretnar

    Ciena Rae

    Robin Pretnar

    13 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

2011 • 12 Episodes

Season 2 of The Hard Times of RJ Berger premiered on March 24, 2011.

The Better Man

(2x12, May 30, 2011) Season Finale

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The Hard Times of RJ Berger
The Hard Times of RJ Berger


Status Canceled


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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