10 Hidden Details Everyone Completely Missed In The Hard Times Of RJ Berger


Want a mixture between perverted anime and teen drama, well, The Hard Times of RJ Berger resoundingly checks that list. There is no easy way to put it, it is a show about a high school student who is well endowed and uses his newfound fame to take advantage of every sexual fantasy he has ever concocted. This show is basically a coming of age story for the MTV crowd.

Full of sexual innuendos and overtly uncomfortable situations that always involve some form of sexual situations. Like all fan-bases, even the most obsessive of fans might have missed a few details here and there. So for those who watch the show, here is a list of some of the most important things that fans missed.

10 Lily’s Note For RJ

Lily has had a crush on R.J. for years and isn’t afraid to let him know it in the most provocative way. During the season 1 episode “Lily Pad” she leaves a note with a key for RJ in his locker.
The note could at first sound like a romantic love note from a secret admirer, at least, until she goes into all the sexual stalker talk. Her note reads “You have the keys to my heart (and my holes) the happiest girl in the world.” It doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.
9 Amber Lancaster Was 29 When The Show Aired

For kids who grew up in the 1990s and watched all those ridiculous teen movies about nerds suddenly either getting the hottest girl in school or a nerd becoming the hottest girl in school, might be familiar with the concept of how the actual actors and actresses playing the teenagers were far from teenagers themselves.
Amber Lancaster, who plays R.J. Berger’s love interest, Jenny Swanson had just turned 29 at the start of the show. What makes this even stranger is that the rest of the cast was or just had turned 15.

8 The Show Originated From A Short Film With A Similar Name

David Katzenberg has made quite a name for himself in Hollywood by producing the IT films, but, before all the fame, he had directed a short film titled The Tale of RJ, about a well-endowed nerd and his attempts to survive high school while having awkward sexual encounters.

MTV executive took interest in the project and ordered a script for a television series to be produced. The name of the title was changed to The Hard Times of RJ Berger and the characters in the short film were fleshed out to possibly make a multi-season high school adventure.
7 Pinkerton High Was Shot In California Not Ohio

Few movies or TV series are filmed in the location they are supposed to be located in. Unless it is a show about Hollywood that is filmed in a Hollywood studio. So when fans are watching their favorite show that is set in New York City, it is probably filmed in Chicago.
The Hard Times Of RJ Berger wasn’t much different, as Pinkerton High School was supposed to be located in Ohio but, instead, was filmed in Reseda High School in California. Apparently, the creators wanted to trade cold, frigid winters for the sunny palm trees of California.

6 RJ’s Real Name

Usually when it comes to initials for names, it can be easily understood what exactly they stand for. Other times, it is a bit more complicated. As for R.J. Berger, his mom might have revealed his real name in the season 1 episode “Nerds Gone Wild”.
Viewers can hear her whispering underneath her breath “I love my Richie-poo” revealing that his real name is Richard, as for what the J stands for is still a mystery that will probably forever be unsolved. This is one of the sad things about canceled shows, so many questions, so few answers.
5 The Show Had Two Executive Producers

Some TV series struggle between the creative ideas of multiple executive producers but not The Hard Times of RJ Berger executive producers. The show’s creators, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame Smith were both credited as executive producers in the show’s credits. Both creators got their opportunities to alternate directing duties over the span of 24 episodes.

Though, in some respects, each creator took on their own role in the series with David Katzenberg taking over more of the visual effects in the series and Seth Grahame taking charge of the script.

4 Lily Miran Died

Lily was the best friend of R.J. who had loved him even before finding out what he packed in his jeans. For two seasons she outwardly tried to have her affection for R.J. reciprocated by him. Sadly, when R.J. finally asks her to go to the school dance with him, she is promptly hit by a bus.
Afterward, the two share a passionate lovemaking scene, resulting in her having sex with the boy of her dreams. Though, during the moment of climax, her heart monitor flat-lined, resulting in fans forever wondering if she did die.
3 The Series Was Meant To Be Absurd

Some shows take themselves a little too seriously. While others actively seek to reach new levels of absurdity. According to the show’s creators, The Hard Times of RJ Berger was never meant to represent something that hasn’t been seen before. T
here were specific archetypes that are found in teen coming of age stories and The Hard Times of RJ Berger meant to use every single one. The cheerleader who dated the jock, who was secretly admired by the nerd, might not be groundbreaking, but it has a proven track record of success.

2 The Jersey Shore Reference

In the first decade of the 21st century, reality shows hit their highest peak. MTV was at the forefront of this trend, as they brought together some of the most absurdly ridiculous characters in television history, placing them in a show together and just letting nature take it’s course.

One of the more successful experiments was Jersey Shore, a reality-based series with over the top New Jersey residents, who all had an Italian heritage. In an attempt to flirt with Vinny, Lily dresses likes Snookie, one of the more popular characters on the show to attract his attention.
1 The Pimple Mystery

Jenny is used to being perfect. So, when she breaks out with a bad case of acne, Miles tries to comfort her by saying that he and R.J. have acne breakouts constantly and that it just isn’t anything serious to worry about.
He, also, comments that R.J. must be rubbing off on her, a comment she doesn’t find too comforting. Ironically, because of all the makeup the actors have to wear on the show, not a single one of the characters claiming to have bad acne show any signs of pimples at all.
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About The AuthorBrett Hoover is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the author of the childrens’ book series The Doodleburghs. He is a freelance writer for Screen Rant.
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