Servant of the People

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Servant of the People
Servant of the People TV.jpg
GenrePolitical satire
Created byVolodymyr Zelensky
  • Volodymyr Zelensky
  • Stanislav Boklan
  • Olena Kravets
  • Jury Krapov
  • Mykhailo Fatalov
  • Oleksandr Pikalov
  • Eugene Koshovyi
  • Viktor Saraykin
  • Natalia Sumska
  • Kateryna Kisten
Theme music composerDmytro Shurov
  • Andriy Kiryuschenko
Country of originUkraine
Original language(s)Russian
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes51
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Kyiv, Ukraine
Running time40—90 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network1+1
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseNovember 16, 2015 (2015-11-16) –
March 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)
External links
[ Website]

Servant of the People (Ukrainian: Слуга народу, romanizedSluha Narodu, Russian: Слуга народа, romanizedSluga Naroda, sometimes translated as Servant of the Nation) is a Ukrainian political satire comedy television series that premiered on 16 October 2015. The show tells the story of Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko (Volodymyr Zelensky), a thirty-something high school history teacher who unexpectedly wins election to the presidency of Ukraine, after a viral video filmed by one of his students shows him angrily ranting against government corruption in Ukraine.[1][2][3]

Ironically, the show would become much more involved in Ukraine's actual politics. On 31 March 2018, a political party named after the television series was registered with the Ministry of Justice.[4] Furthermore, Volodymyr Zelensky, who played the protagonist of the series playing the President of Ukraine, was actually elected President of Ukraine on 21 April 2019.

Cast and characters[edit]

Volodymyr Zelensky


Servant of the People is produced by Kvartal 95, one of whose founders is Volodymyr Zelensky, the male lead.[1]


Servant of the People aired on the 1+1 channel in Ukraine.[1] The studio also posted all episodes for free on YouTube.[2] The show is available for streaming and download on Netflix in some countries.[2]

Film and second season[edit]

A feature film titled Servant of the People 2 [uk] was released in 2016. The second season was released in 2017[5] and the third in 2019.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jacobsen, Katherine (13 December 2016). "How a Fictional President Is Helping Ukrainians Rethink Their Absurd Politics". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Kao, Anthony (6 June 2017). "Ukraine's 'Servant of the People' is a hidden gem of political comedy". Cinema Escapist. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. ^ Kao, Anthony (22 August 2017). "Interview: Vladimir Zelenskiy on playing Ukraine's president in 'Servant of the People'". Cinema Escapist. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Russian) The Ministry of Justice registered the party "Servant of the people", Ukrainian News Agency (26 April 2018)
  5. ^ "Ukrainian political comedy series 'Servant of the People' Season 2 will be released in October 2017".

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