The first post-1989 rerun of the 1970s television series Třicet případů majora Zemana (The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman) in the Czech Republic generated a heated controversy in the media. This article will examine why Major Zeman became such a contested topic and present an analysis of responses to the series. The paper suggests that the rescreening consolidated a particular ‘retro’ reception of the series, which reappropriates socialist popular culture and ascribes it with an ostensibly apolitical, postmodern, ironic sensibility. The paper will consider how such a response can be reconciled with more explicitly political approaches to the series, arguing that retro has a political agenda of its own.

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Keywords Major Zeman, Czechoslovak television, retro, television reruns, post-socialist nostalgia
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 3, No 5 (2014): Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe; 100-107
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Pehe, Veronika. (2014). Retro Reappropriations. Responses to 'The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman' in the Czech Republic. VIEW Journal, 3(5), 100–107.

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