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Netflix now streaming ‘Servant of the People,’ a satirical comedy starring Volodymyr Zelensky

Netflix on Wednesday brought back the satirical comedy series created by and starring Ukraine’s now-President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called “Servant of the People.”

In a tweet, the streaming services wrote, “You asked and it’s back,” announcing the return of the series, which was available to stream the same day as it was announced.

The show follows along the life of a high school history teacher, portrayed by Zelenskyy, who unexpectedly becomes president of the country after a video goes viral of him complaining about government corruption.

The series launched in 2015 and continued on for three seasons, wrapping up when Zelenskyy launched his actual campaign for the presidency in 2019 under the name of a new party, also called Servant of the People. Zelenskyy won in a landslide, garnering over 73 percent of the votes, and he became the president of Ukraine later on that year.

In recent weeks, Zelenskyy has become the image of Ukrainian resistance as he puts forth efforts to hold off a continuing Russian invasion of the country. He frequently posts videos on social media, and he has been addressing world leaders consistently, and he has nearly ascended to being a global household name. 

Netflix previously had “Servant of the People” in its American content library from 2017 through 2021. Eccho Rights, the Swedish firm that has licensed the series, described the show as “an important document of where Zelenskyy comes from” in a recent statement.

The firm added, “While the real-world scenario facing Zelenskyy 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.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DEADLINE.COM

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