In just more than a month since it's debut, Presidential Island has become an Internet sensation.
The the online animated series that delights in poking fun of Latin American political leaders has become a massive hit even though its Venezuelan producers hail from a country where freedoms of speech are becoming disturbingly rare.
The series, is a sort of unholy combination of Lost and South Park with the presidents of South America as the protagonists. Cameos of other political leaders abound as well. US President Barack Obama has popped up and Spanish King Juan Carlos has also made a few appearances.
Since debuting in February the first episode of the series has drawn more than 660,00 viewers (a version with English subtitles is also available). The Presidential Island Twitter feed has almost 20,000 followers and there are more than 18,000 fans on the Facebook page.
The second episode debuted last week and at least two more are planned.
The creators of Presidential Island are three Venezuelans in their early 30s; Oswaldo Graziani, Alvaro Mora and Juan Andrés Ravell who is also the son of former head of the opposition channel Globovision. The trio also run a political humor website, The Bipolar Capybara - named for a type of huge rodent found in Venezuela known as a Chigüire in Spanish.
"We have some very colorful presidents,"Graziani said. "That gives us a lot of good raw material."
The series is chock full of pop-culture references (Wilson the volleyball from Tom Hank's Cast Away shows up) as well as whip-smart satire of South American politics. It's also funny as hell.
Viewers with even a passing knowledge of the region's recent political conflicts will recognize the humor in Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez struggle to command which direction the ship should turn.
Venezuelan officials have been unamused by Presidential Island and The Bipolar Capybara, going so far as to label the creators drug addicts on the country's state-television channel.
It's an uncertain time for freedom of speech in Venezuela and Chavez has already called for greater controls over the internet in his country where usage has ballooned from 820,000 users in 2000 to 7.5 million last year.
The outspoken leftist leader later backed off the statement but also announced he plans to start his own website soon. Although it's not likely to be as entertaining as his animated counterpart.