Series: The Hard Times of RJ Berger aka: The Hard Timesof RJ Berger
Meet RJ Berger. He has a big schlong. Goodnight everybody!...Oh, you want more info? Alright then. RJ Berger is your typical Hollywood Nerd. Nature made him scrawny and weird looking, awkward and pale. He's horrible at sports, and even worse at talking to girls. His parents are embarrassing, and he's got more pairs of glasses than friends. Except for one thing: His sexual organ is huge. Hilarity Ensues.The first season follows RJ and his friends Miles Jenner and Lily Miran living high school while dealing with people like Max Owens. It's been stated many times that RJ is going to try and use his "gift" to change his lifestyle, but really, all he seems to want is a chance with Jenny Swanson.The second season continues on, with RJ and Jenny as an Official Couple, trying to make the relationship work despite several hindrances. All the while RJ is trying to deal with his parents' divorce, his mom dating his coach, and the new hot tutor he's been given that's starting to drive a wedge between him and Jenny.The third season would've followed RJ dealing with Lily's pregnancy and Max keeping his own little secret under wraps. But, as confirmed by the creator via Twitter, the series was canceled.
Lily plays this straight for a while when she gets her settlement, although by the end of the episode she averts it.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: RJ's are probably the most over the top example ever, taking it to near abusive levels. In just one example, his mother shouts encouragement to him as he makes out with Jenny Swanson - and then ENTERS THE ROOM to help him remove Jenny's bra.
Analogy Backfire: When RJ and Jenny are running for Mr. and Mrs. Pinkleton, RJ at once appeals to the student body by speaking to those those who don't have "perfect teeth and perfect skin". Throughout the whole series only one of the main characters gets acne and she's one of the popular kids. The whole cast has perfect teeth.
Animesque: So far, most of the art found in the series is like this.
Ashes to Crashes: In the Season 2 premiere, RJ gets Kevin's ashes blown right into his face.
Betty and Veronica: Jenny (Archie) between RJ (Betty) and Max (Veronica). RJ (Archie) between Lily (Betty) and Jenny (Veronica) is a rare example of the Veronica being much more likeable than the Betty.
A better example of a Betty is Clair, who RJ shows some interest in and who is also much better pick than Lily.
Gay Guy Seeks Popular Jock: Guillermo and Max. The last episode implied that their feelings for each other were genuine, what with the mutual eye contact while RJ was giving his speech about love.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's MTV, so the radar is screening a lot less, but all the same, seems like whoever approved Amy's comment that "I haven't had this much fun since I found out what the shocker was" probably didn't actually know what the shocker is.
This is awkwardly brought into light in an episode where Jenny has a particularly nasty breakout. RJ and Miles attempt to tell her that acne isn't a huge problem, since they all have "horrible" acne, and Robin and Miles both tell her that RJ must be "rubbing off on her." But because of this trope and Hollywood makeup, neither RJ or Miles have a single pimple.
Ironically, by the end of the second season, Jenny is the only virgin in the group.
Sudden Downer Ending: The final episode to season 1 is much more dramatic compared to the previous episodes. The opening scene takes place shortly after Lily has been hit by a bus, and the rest of the episode has RJ blaming himself for it.
The season 2 finale is also an example. At the end of episode, things are looking pretty good for most of the main characters, and since The Hard Times of RJ Berger was cancelled and this was the last episode, it would've served as a decent enough conclusion for the whole series... But then, literally at the last minute, Lily walks in and announces that she's pregnant, and that RJ is the father, so the series ends abruptly with a cliffhanger.
Trailers Always Spoil: The sneak preview for episode 7 of season 2 (the Weezer episode) shows Amy kissing RJ, which is literally the last 5 seconds of the episode.
Ungrateful Bastard: Max. Not only does RJ tell Jenny the truth when the coach framed him for cheating on Jenny he saves him from being the victim of a hit from the Gang Bangersor so he thought, yet Max STILL acts like a Jerkass to him. Although, this is more to play the Jerk Jock trope straight.
Double Subverted in the second season finale - Max thanks RJ for not revealing he's gay to the student body, but says that it doesn't mean he won't still mess with RJ.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Claire, the New Transfer Student who becomes RJ's first real girlfriend, is never seen or mentioned again after she breaks up with RJ, even though she still presumably goes to Pinkerton High, and would probably want to hang out with the other nerds there.
Woman Scorned: Lily initially in the second season was this towards RJ, and tries numerous times to sabotage him and Jenny. She moves on eventually.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens to RJ (and to a lesser extent, Miles) pretty frequently, and he lampshades this.