The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, first took his oath of office in 2019.
Zelenskyy, who grew up in a Russian-speaking region in Southern Ukraine, first obtained a law degree from the Kyiv National Economic University before he later began to pursue a career in comedy and became most famous for his role as the President of Ukraine on a satirical comedy series called “Servant of the People.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy First Played The President Of Ukraine In A Comedy Series
Although he had obtained a law degree, Zelenskyy had a passion for comedy and created the production company Kvartal 95 to produce films, cartoons, and TV shows. This includes the popular 2015 series “Servant of the People,” which was a Ukrainian political satire comedy series.
In the show, Zelenskyy played a high-school history teacher in his thirties who was elected as the President of Ukraine after a student uploaded one of his profane rants against government corruption in the country.
The series was so popular that a feature film called “Servant of the People 2” was released in 2016. A second season was released in 2017 and a third in 2019. The show aired on the 1+1 channel in Ukraine and was posted to view for free on YouTube.
The Russian TNT channel only aired the show’s pilot episode in December 2019, claiming that they only did so as “a marketing move to raise awareness for the platform.” The series was only available to view after a joke about Russian President Vladimir Putin was removed from the episode.
Netflix Brings The ‘Servant Of The People’ To The Masses
You asked and it’s back!
Servant of the People is once again available on Netflix in The US. The 2015 satirical comedy series stars Volodymyr Zelenskyy playing a teacher who unexpectedly becomes President after a video of him complaining about corruption suddenly goes viral. pic.twitter.com/Pp9f48jutF
— Netflix (@netflix) March 16, 2022
On Wednesday, Netflix revealed in a tweet that they were bringing “Servant of the People” back to Netflix in the United States.
“You asked and it’s back!” they tweeted. “Servant of the People is once again available on Netflix in The US. The 2015 satirical comedy series stars Volodymyr Zelenskyy playing a teacher who unexpectedly becomes President after a video of him complaining about corruption suddenly goes viral.”
Many fans lauded the series and encouraged others to give it a watch.
“Really, a truly bingeable & hilariously funny series!” one fan wrote. “If you have Netflix, you might want to give Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People a go. I’m loving this show.”
“I am losing my mind NETFLIX for real like I’m not joking,” another commented, to which Netflix replied, “not much longer bb.”
“Are the proceeds for viewing this going to charities helping Ukrainian refugees?” another asked.
However, not everyone was in support of it. “I don’t think this is a good idea at this time,” another wrote. “We will not take him as seriously, thinking him only an actor.”
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I highly recommend binging “Servant of the People” on Netflix! Even with subtitles, it’s funny as shit! And you can find out how Zelenskyy inspired Ukraine to actually make him their president.
Netflix just got it:https://t.co/NMTYTbbFtP https://t.co/BQK9jgBZHh pic.twitter.com/qkaG4OTw4v
— Yennefer Astartiel of Vengerberg✵🩸🍷🍫🌿🌻🇺🇦☮🌊 (@Astartiel) March 16, 2022
The comment created many responses, most of them expressing disagreement.
“Not true. I fell in love with him as the real President of Ukraine. I’m now watching the show and it actually humanizes him even more,” one user replied. “To see what he came from and what he is going thru now is gut-wrenching. Such an amazing man.”
“Seriously? He is multiple things. He has a law degree, he’s a comedian, he’s the leader of a country,” another noted. “He’s a very well-rounded individual, who has many talents.”
“The show is funny but it is also a very serious representation of Ukraine & Zelenskyy’s understanding of and desire for textbook democracy,” another pointed out.
“I just started watching it and I disagree. It is light-hearted and silly but that’s what makes it heartbreakingly poignant,” another shared. “It’s taking a distance place filled with strangers and reminding me what they are fighting for. #StandWithUkriane”
“I watched a montage of him from Dancing With The stars and respect him more than ever,” another commented. “He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He takes his job very seriously and is inspiring the world. If you can’t love and laugh, what is there worth fighting for?”