After the tragic passing of Matthew Perry, his popular sitcom Friends has already made a remarkable comeback. The beloved show has claimed the top spot on the TV streaming charts, captivating audiences all over once again. Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004, revolves around the lives of six friends living in Manhattan.
According to the latest report from JustWatch, Friends, available exclusively on Max, has emerged as the most-watched TV show among American viewers during the week of October 30th to November 5th. Dethroning Netflix's new wartime drama All the Light We Cannot See and Amazon Prime Video's Gen V, Friends has proven its timeless appeal yet again.
Striking a sentimental note, Friends bid farewell to Netflix after five fruitful years and found a new home on Max (previously HBO Max) in May 2020. As a tribute to Matthew Perry, who played the role of Chandler Bing, Max added a memorial card that appears at the beginning of each season, ensuring that fans remember his incredible contributions.
Following Perry's tragic death, condolences and memories poured in from Hollywood stars, highlighting the impact he had on their lives. In a joint statement to People,
To honor Perry's memory, his co-stars were seen attending his funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. The last time the cast had reunited was in 2021 for the highly anticipated Friends: The Reunion special on Max.
As a legacy, the newly launched Matthew Perry Foundation aims to support individuals battling addiction. Perry, who openly shared his own struggles, expressed his desire to be remembered for his advocacy work rather than his acting career.
Matthew Perry left behind an impressive body of work, but his enduring impact on those he touched lives on. Friends remains a timeless classic, and Perry's philanthropic efforts and dedication to helping others will undoubtedly be an influential part of his legacy.