Servant of the People, Starring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Returns to Netflix

By Jessica Lerner 

Servant of the People, the Ukrainian satirical comedy series that launched the political career of now-Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is back on Netflix in the U.S.

The 2015 series follows a teacher (Zelenskyy) who unexpectedly becomes president after a video of him complaining about corruption goes viral.

“You asked and it’s back!” tweeted Netflix, which announced the news this morning.


Servant of the People ran for three seasons. It also put the then-comedian on the map and paved the groundwork for his political career: Zelenskyy dubbed his political party Servant of the People when he campaigned for president in 2019.

Global networks including the UK’s Channel 4 have picked up the series, according to Deadline. The show has also been sold by distributor Eccho Rights to MBC in the Middle East, ANT 1 in Greece and PRO TV in Romania.

“The series is a comedy but also an important document of where Zelenskiy comes from,” said Eccho Managing Partner Nicola Söderlund in a statement. “His fictional president is a normal man, who grows into his role as a heroic and adored leader. While the real world scenario facing Zelenskiy 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.”