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Backstreet Rookie

Title: 편의점 샛별이 / Backstreet Rookie
Also known as: Convenience Store Saet Byul / Convenience Store Morning Star / Convenience Store Venus
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 32
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2020-June-19 to 2020-Aug-08
Air time: Friday & Saturday 22:00 (2 episodes back-to-back)


This drama is based on webcomic “편의점 샛별이 / Convenience Store Saet Byul” written by “활화산 / Hwalhwasan” and illustrated by “금사공 / Geumsagong” which was published from 2016-Aug-11 to 2017-Dec-8 via Toptoon.

It’s about a former troublemaker applies for a job at a convenience store owned by the same man who ran errands for her a few years ago.

Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook) runs into a group of female high school students, including Jung Saet Byul (Kim Yoo Jung). The girls look like troublemakers. Jung Saet Byul asks Choi Dae Hyun to do an errand for them, which is to buy cigarettes from a convenience store. Choi Dae Hyun buys the cigarettes for them and Jung Saet Byul gets his cellphone number, but he never gets a call from her.

4 years later, Choi Dae Hyun is now 33 years old. He runs a small convenience store after he quit his job at a large company. He is looking for a part-time worker to work the night shift at his convenience store. Jung Saet Byul comes to his store and she soon starts to work there. She is not a troublemaker anymore. Jung Saet Byul is now a university student and guided by her strong morals.


Main cast

Kim Yoo Jung as Jung Saet Byul
Ji Chang Wook as Choi Dae Hyun
Do Sang Woo as Jo Seung Joon
Han Sun Hwa as Yoo Yun Joo
Ahn Sol Bin as Jung Eun Byul

People around Dae Hyun

Kim Sun Young as Gong Boon Hee (Dae Hyun’s mom)
Eum Moon Suk as Dal Sik
Lee Byung Joon as Choi Yong Pil

The Fourth Great King

Woo Hyun as Kwon Ui Chu
Lee Yoon Hee as Cha Gi Bok
Bae Ki Bum (배기범) as Go Gwang Tae

Yoo Yun Joo’s Family

Kyun Mi Ri as Kim Hye Ja (Yun Joo’s mother)
Kil Yong Woo as Yoo Myung Ki (Yun Joo’s father)

Choi Dae Hyun’s Friend

Seo Ye Hwa (서예화) as Hwang Geum Bi
Yoon Soo as Cha Eun Zo


Heo Jae Ho as Manager Bae
Ji Chan as Kang Sung Tae
Shin Yoon Jung (신윤정) as Kim Jung Ha
Lee Joo Ha (이주하) as Oh Hyun Ji


Kim Min Kyu as Kang Ji Wook
Lee Joon Young
Jung Eun Ji
Go Kyu Pil as Oh Yo Han (ep 1-2)
Park Chul Min as fortune teller (ep.9)

Production Credits

Production Companies: Studio S, Taewon Entertainment, ARI
Executive Producer: Jung Tae Won
Director: Lee Myung Woo
Screenwriter: Son Geun Joo

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2020-06-19 1 - - 4.8 (19th) 5.4 (16th)
2020-06-19 2 5.2 - 6.3 (11th) 6.6 (9th)
2020-06-20 3 - - 3.7 4.1
2020-06-20 4 6.1 - 6.8 (9th) 7.3 (8th)
2020-06-26 5 - - 4.9 (19th) 5.3 (18th)
2020-06-26 6 6.0 - 6.7 (9th) 7.4 (8th)
2020-06-27 7 - - 4.6 5.3 (20th)
2020-06-27 8 8.0 - 8.3 (6th) 9.4 (5th)
2020-07-03 9 - - 4.6 (20th) 4.7 (20th)
2020-07-03 10 6.2 - 5.8 (16th) 6.0 (12th)
2020-07-04 11 - - 4.9 -
2020-07-04 12 8.0 - 7.9 (7th) 8.7 (6th)
2020-07-10 13 - - 4.8 5.4 (19th)
2020-07-10 14 5.0 - 6.6 (12th) 7.5 (8th)
2020-07-11 15 - - 5.5 6.2 (13th)
2020-07-11 16 7.6 - 8.7 (6th) 9.8 (3rd)
2020-07-17 17 4.9 - 6.1 (13th) 6.6 (10th)
2020-07-17 18 6.1 - 7.7 (9th) 8.7 (7th)
2020-07-18 19 - - - 5.8 (16th)
2020-07-18 20 8.0 - 8.4 (5th) 8.7 (5th)
2020-07-24 21 5.1 - 6.1 (15th) 6.9 (12th)
2020-07-24 22 6.1 - 7.7 (10th) 8.6 (8th)
2020-07-25 23 - - 4.8 -
2020-07-25 24 7.4 - 7.6 (8th) 7.8 (7th)
2020-07-31 25 - - 5.7 (15th) 5.7 (15th)
2020-07-31 26 6.2 - 7.4 (11th) 7.5 (10th)
2020-08-01 27 - - 5.4 (20th) 5.9 (16th)
2020-08-01 28 7.4 - 8.0 (7th) 8.6 (6th)
2020-08-07 29 5.3 - 5.2 (18th) 5.9 (18th)
2020-08-07 30 6.6 - 6.9 (12th) 7.6 (9th)
2020-08-08 31 - - 6.3 (15th) 6.9 (12th)
2020-08-08 32 - - 9.5 (5th) 10.7 (5th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III

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  1. 1 : Shiva Says:

    Yes my 2 favourites, great casting 🙌

  2. 2 : Harshi Niroshika Says:

    OMFG…yes my JCW is back…..can’t wait!!!

  3. 3 : MaxT Says:

    Will check out HSH new drama.

  4. 4 : I'm jimin's missing jams Says:

    Can’t wait❤

  5. 5 : BUNNY Says:

    i love both actors…yeayy cant wait

  6. 6 : Weng Says:

    wow cant wait

  7. 7 : Hanum Samira Says:


  8. 8 : Diana Says:

    Will this drama come with Eng. Sub-Titles?!!!

  9. 9 : nischuu Says:

    omg im so excited!!

  10. 10 : pocahontas11 Says:

    JCW heart, heart

  11. 11 : MaxT Says:

    What an excellent drama to watch this month. It was extremely funny and the female co-star Kim Yoo-Jung is Cute and pretty. Highly recommended. 10/10

  12. 12 : Noona Says:

    Chang Wook is funny, Yoo Jung great actung as ever. Hope script does them justice. Yoo Jung’s lipstick too dark though. She doesnt need such thick makeup

  13. 13 : nischuu Says:

    Never expect it will be this holy-funny and so much cuteness!

    I can smell JCW and KYJ chemistry over the roof aslkdslasd
    definitely worth the wait, you’ll never disappoints to watch this!

  14. 14 : Mona Says:

    I heard some bad comments about this drama but whatever… it’s all about taste, this drama just feels good to me, kim yoo jung’s playing her role so well for her age. The story’s also fun and funny, very nice to watch.

  15. 15 : USA-Mary Says:

    Hi everyone, I am so enjoying this weekend drama. KD.org never fails to bring to us the BEST kdramas that to me, satiate my long over due kdrama fix.

    I really like the chemistry among the actors. They captivate me. Its so refreshing to see a female lead who won’t be bullied or take being looked down upon. Great stunt people for sure! Looking forward to the next weekend fix.

  16. 16 : USA Says:

    This is so cute & uplifting. Too many k-dramas these day are dark & depressing. Wanted funny and cheerful with a different drama setting. This one fits the bill. Kim Yoo-Jung is too cute. She was a cute child actress, and she’s become a fine actress. Agree with NoonaSay, her red lipstick was a bit much. Hope Choi Dae Hyun‘s rich girl-friend drops out of the storyline (don’t want the same rich-poor love story with a-hole parent trying to control). Bet Jung Saet Byul‘s mom was the best friend of Choi Dae Hyun‘s mom. That’d be a better story than the rich mom playing a typical witch.

  17. 17 : USA Says:

    I so enjoy watching kim-sun-young, and her role as Dae-Hyun’s mom in this drama is the icing on the cake. Love her character with the twang, and it was so hilarious how she talked so loud in the hospital — and washing her hair. The writer would be able to develop her character more by dropping the girlfriend/mom. Dae-Hyun is also fun to watch, but hope he grows a pair soon!

  18. 18 : USA-Mary Says:

    I’M SO EXCITED…to see what happens next. I really like how the writer depicts each character’s individual eccentric style like the graphic artist Jamaican Rastafarian ‘want to be’ and the bullying group of gangsta’ girls. In times past, kdramas only showed the male version of gangsters who were long sharks and their debt collecting escapades. Now we see the older 20 something female versions of neighborhood bullies pilfering money from school girls making them support them. What a switch from bullying of milk money to lunch money to go fund me or else! I look forward to their reform because it’s coming for sure.

    I know it’s been said that we can’t help who we fall in love with but why do some people insist on climbing that chaobel tree? BBF Joon Pyo’s mother was enough for me. Not excluding some of the golf club swinging CEO or Chairmam patriarchs that went after their disobedient employees and own sons.

    Then there’s the freeloading aunt who’s husband (at least that’s what she called him) is an airline pilot who she supplies with expired food products…fresh items when expired is not available…what a new way to expunge off family members. She emotionally flighty as if she’s too ditsy to handle life’s challenges and can’t get a normal job.

    Despite the chaos around them, our leading characters have good hearts and strong moral principles…l look forward to seeing them end up together.

  19. 19 : Mona Says:

    It gets higher ratings.. can’t wait for the next episodes week by week, that’s what happen when you watch ongoing dramas, ulala 😀

  20. 20 : Hector Guevara Says:

    Love this drama… cannot wait till the English sub version comes out !!!!!!! I am also watching “It’s OK not to be OK” W O W… that one is hot, too

  21. 21 : USA-Mary Says:

    I read a brief statement in an article that someone made about Dal-sik, the webtoon ‘rastah want to be’ guy. Some people may want to see this character leave but I want him to stay. He’s not only hilariously funny, he is trustworthy and has a nerdy kind of child-like innocence that makes him an indispensable character in this drama. He breaks the monotony of the usual chaebol love lorn relationships that usually turn out the same old way. With or without the limited variations.

    Though his content was questionable in the beginning of this drama, his role to-date is evolving and is refreshing imho. He adds flavor to the run of the mill genre with his cosplay that is the norm for him. It’s only an acting role anyway folks. I, especially liked when he would not break his promise about telling where DH went to SB, but that does not mean he can’t act it out! LOL

  22. 22 : USA-Mary Says:

    @#20-Hector G.

    I don’t know where you live but you can find eng sub on Youtube. That’s where I watch it.

  23. 23 : USA-Mary Says:

    I do not know why here in the U.S. we are so far behind when it comes to viewing this drama. We just got ep 10 subbed. It went from 2 dramas being quickly subbed a weekend to1.
    Now its July 20th and epis 17 and 18 was filmed. I do not understand what happened to put us so far behind.

    Anyway, DH dad turning on the sprinklers was priceless. The entertainment industry Puppy is with is so mean towards SB. It’s not like he had the entire Wu-Tang clan or the old wild Justin Beiber type going in and out of his condo disturbing the other ppl…geez…louise!

  24. 24 : Maja Says:

    @USA Mary – what is the link here in the US? where do you watch this?

  25. 25 : Simon K Says:

    @Maja, in USA, you can watch on http://www.iq.com, there is a delay of 1 week for unpaid viewer.

  26. 26 : Silverswan Says:

    It is not up to my liking, somehow Kim Yoo Jung is the best actress in this drama. Childish in some parts. Ji Chang Wook who has many great fans maybe of his good looks, he is more suitable to action movies/dramas like Healer, Empress Ki, Warrior Baek Dong soo. His first drama I watched was / “Bachelor’s Vegetable Store “which was not bad. And as for Kim Yoo Jung I watched her first drama ” The Moon that embrass the sun ” She was very young then , she was only 13 and acted well. She is good in all her dramas, I like her. She is good in Hostorical dramas like her last one ” Moonlight drawn by the clouds’

  27. 27 : Gorgeous :) Says:

    I never seen any drama of JCW, well he is funny and great actors just like Kang Ji Hwan. Can do any type of role. Act so natural. Now I’m looking forward to download his other drama. What a handsome face, hhmmm. please don’t get old too soon, take care of yourself, always stress free. Love you JCW, just carry on your role in this drama to your personal life, be always good and kind person where ever you go and what ever you do.. count on me as your new big fans.. Funny guy is easy to win women hearts… 🙂 just be yourself.. stay humble.. I think I’m in love with you..its funny but its true..

  28. 28 : rosalie Says:

    i love this drama…(ji chang wook/kim yoo jung❤❤❤

  29. 29 : nerisley Says:

    Me encanta en todos los sentidos soy su fan incondicional hasta el infinito y más allá

  30. 30 : Yigita Says:

    BACKSTREET ROOKIE👌👍I can watch it again&again &JCW’s acting is so Good 👌👍JCW a very versatile actor..SUPERB performance by All but my favorite is One&Only JCW..a shining star actor with a💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟💖🌟👍👍👍👍👍

  31. 31 : Sarah Says:

    I love it so much

  32. 32 : Nor Rafidah Zainal Abidin Says:

    The best KDrama ever. The cute hero and heroin. Perfect match👌. Hope for BR season 2 please.

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