Earlier than Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was the general public face and voice of a rustic beneath invasion by Russia, he was a comic and actor. Among the many tasks he starred in was a sequence referred to as Servant of the Folks, a political satire the place he really performed the president of Ukraine. The sequence’ 23-episode opening season is now obtainable on Netflix.
Within the sequence, Zelenskyy’s character, Vasyl Petrovych, is an everyday high-school historical past trainer till a viral video of him ranting concerning the authorities lands him the presidency. Zelenskyy himself then had his personal meteoric rise by politics, and was elected president in 2019 — the identical 12 months the sequence ended.
Servant of the Folks’s first season debuted in 2015. The present ran for 3 seasons and was met with basic success and acclaim. Whereas the present was actually well-liked in its time, it’s grown much more well-liked around the globe as Zelenskyy has emerged because the main public figurehead of Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.
For the reason that present’s premise so carefully mirrored actual life, gifs and clips from it shortly started popping up on-line. Social-media customers have shared moments from the present they really feel are notably humorous, ironic, and even simply related to the invasion. Despite the proliferation of memes and references, the present itself wasn’t extensively obtainable in most international locations till not too long ago, and particularly not within the US. Now that Netflix has the rights, Servant of the People is out there to all US subscribers.