‘Servant of the People’ a satirical series that actually launched Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s political career is now available again for viewing on Netflix in the United States and Canada.
The series was available for viewing from 2017 to 2021 in the Netflix archives after which it was discontinued. Now it seems, as of March 16, Netflix will resume streaming of this show.
‘Servant of the People’ was a show that aired in Ukraine in 2015, which starred Zelensky as Vasyl Petrovych Goloborodko, a 30-year old high school teacher who finds himself becoming President of the country, after one of his students records his rant against corruption in the country and uploads it to social media. The post becomes viral and propels the teacher towards a political career where he eventually finds himself elected as the President of the country.
‘Servant of the People’ ran for 3 seasons and the show ended when Volodymyr Zelensky decided to run for President of Ukraine in 2019, with his newly formed political party, which was inspired by his show and called, Servant of the People.
Here is the official announcement from Netflix Canada:
Swedish TV Group, Eccho rights has been in charge of licensing of the show around the world. Eccho Managing partner Nicola Söderlund made a statement announcing that the show was once again in the market.
In her statement she said, “The series is a comedy but also an important document of where Zelensky comes from. His fictional president is a normal man, who grows into his role as a heroic and adored leader. While the real-world scenario facing Zelensky and the Ukrainian people is far more grim and appalling than the comedy of the series, there are obvious parallels with the real-world situation, and ‘Servant of the People’ is a fascinating, important and historic piece of television.”
UK’s channel 4, ANT1 in Greece, Pro TV and MBC in the Middle East are also among the buyers of the show.