Parents' Guide to

Servant of the People

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart political satire has cursing, drinking, and heart.

TV Netflix Comedy 2015
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Democracy is Hard Work

This is much watch television. If anyone wants to understand how difficult it is to build a democratic mindset from the ashes of communist/totalitarian rule, this show maps out the treacherous journey with humor and a type of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" idealism that makes you realize that democracy is hard work. A main message of this show--we are all responsible for our government's success or failure. There are adult themes, and off colored jokes, but they can be discussed as a family. Mature middle schoolers would be fine with some of the humor. I think we owe it to the Ukrainian people to watch this show. For parents that are ready to discuss what does it mean to live in a democracy, Servant of the People can help you reflect on our struggles--and more importantly, what is our responsibility to protect the ideals of democracy.

Is It Any Good?

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The humorous, prophetic series (which is in Russian with English subtitles) is a smart political satire that delivers on laughs and strong social commentary. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was elected president of Ukraine in April 2019 after he founded a political party named after the TV series, offers an outstanding performance that feels genuine and honest. Meanwhile, despite being centered on Ukrainian politics, both the comedy and its messages can be universally understood. But while Servant of the People is an entertaining show, because it takes place only a few years prior to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, it may be hard to settle into, especially since it shows the city of Kiev, and its people, before the violence and destruction. If you can get past this, it's certainly a TV series worth tuning into.

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