During an interview with BBC Radio 2, promoting his play The End of Longing, Matthew Perry came out with some remarkable candor about his past problems with substance abuse. When asked what his least favorite episode of Friends was, his response was brutally honest.
Oh my goodness. I think the answer is I don’t remember three years of it. So none of those … somewhere between season 3 and 6.
Perry has talked openly about his addiction issues before, and he even converted his former beach house into a sober living facility, but admitting to a three or four-year haze isn’t something I’ve heard him say before.
This may (does, really) seem trivial in the context of larger life-ruining addiction problems, but the extra-depressing icing on this tragic cake is that season three is (I’ll say in my opinion, but really it’s unequivocally) the best season of friends. It had the number one best episode of the series, hands down: “The One Where No One’s Ready.”
It also had my own personal second favorite episode, “The One With the Football.”
This also means Perry doesn’t remember Miss Chanandler Bong, Chandler and Monica’s courtship, or the heartbreaking Kathy (Paget Brewster) season.
Again, it might seem inconsequential which seasons Perry can’t remember. But to have such incredible fame and popularity, to be a part of a show that reached so many people and even changed more than a few things about the entire sitcom medium, and to not remember your very best work… That’s just one hell of a kicker to an already tragic story.