The Hard Times of RJ Berger

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 11:00 PM Jun 06, 2010 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

In the premiere, RJ is forced to play in the school basketball game. Unfortunately for him, his shorts fall down and his not so little secret is exposed to the whole school. Now RJ must deal with the humiliation at school. He also attends Jenny Swanson's party.moreless

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  • *** Spoiler-free *** 1% funny, 99% silly

    A story about the show compared it to Hung, a very smart and inspiring production, but now that I've seen its pilot I think the comparison was just disrespectful. It also reminded me of American Pie and that's why I decided to check it out in the first place. What a waste of time ! It was just plain silly even if it was funny from time to time. The best moments are probably the day fantasies but they're far too short and not well produced. As for the acting it's over the top and the diner scene will be remembered as one of the worst and dumb one ever. Even the sexual jokes are pathetic and most of them are stupid. Moreover the very first scene was threw up from the cult film but the protagonist is such a cliché that you should instantly dislike him. From the best fat friend to the athletic antagonist all characters are stereotyped and dead boring. To sum things I can't recommend it to anyone. If you feel like watching some teenage production my advice is to skip this poor one and complete your collection with films or TV shows that really deserve your attention. Last but not least the editing is so bad and sharp that I thought there was something wrong with my media center.moreless
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Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

Linda Robbins

Guest Star

Nicci Faires

Nicci Faires

Striped Bikini Girl

Guest Star

Beth Littleford

Beth Littleford

Suzanne Berger

Recurring Role

Larry Poindexter

Larry Poindexter

Rick Berger

Recurring Role

Ciena Rae

Ciena Rae

Robin Pretnar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The school where the show is filmed is Reseda High School in California.

    • Jareb Dauplaise, who plays high school sophmore Miles Jenner, was born in March of 1979. That makes him, as of the air date of this pilot episode, 31 years old.

    • Paul Iacono, who plays 15 year old RJ Berger, was born in September of 1988. That makes him, as of the air date of this pilot episode, almost 22 years old.

    • Amber Lancaster, who plays 16 year old Jenny Swanson, was born in September of 1980. Which makes her, as of the air date of this pilot episode, almost 30 years old.

    • At the 8:00 mark, Lily can be seen wearing a shirt with RJ's picture on it that says I Want U Inside Me.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Max Owens: (Rubs his fingers under his armpit and then runs them under RJ's nose.) That's how a man smells b*tch.

    • Miles: Dude! You just served Max Owens a cup of nut musk!
      RJ Berger: I know...
      Miles: You realize you're dead Monday right?
      RJ Berger: Yeah... (Long pause.) But that's Monday...

    • RJ's closing monologue.
      RJ Berger: My name is RJ Berger. Nature made me scrawny and weird looking, awkward and pale... But it also gave me a gift... And I intend to use it.

    • RJ unzips and digs thoroughly into his shorts, and then smears his fingers under Max's nose in retaliation for Max having just bloodied his lip.
      RJ Berger: THAT'S how a man smells, b***h.

    • RJ Berger: (RJ's opening monologue, while masturbating.) My name is RJ Berger. Nature made me scrawny and weird looking, awkward and pale. Nature did a lot of things, but I'm not about to roll over and be nature's b*tch... I'm gonna beat it. Beat the fact that I have more pairs of glasses than friends. Beat the fact that I was born to lose...

  • NOTES (5)

    • Audience - 2,600,000

    • AKA:
      "Hard Times" - USA (working title)
      "Hard Times - Tempi duri per RJ Berger" - Italy
      "RJ Berger - Hard kor" - Hungary
      "Tiempos duros para RJ Berger" - Spain

    • Distributers - MTV Networks US, MTV Hungary.

    • Production Companies - MTV/Remote Productions.

    • Music:

      'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC

      'An Anthem For The Young At Heart' by Amber Pacific

      'Three Words' by Amber Pacific

      'Warp 1.9' by Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki & A Girl And A Gun

      'Created A Monster' by B.o.B.

      'Good Girls Go Bad' by Cobra Starship

      'Something Is Not Right With Me' by Cold War Kids

      'Alala' by CSS

      'Right Round' by Flo Rida

      'Day 'N' Nite' by Kid Cudi

      'A Milli' by Lil' Wayne

      'Rude Boy' by Rihanna

      'Tom Sawyer' by Rush

      'Push It' by Salt-n-Pepa

      'Lips Tool' by The Royal Heist