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Ratings: 7.6/10 from 26,312 users
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Jung Saet Byul is a 22-year-old, beautiful four-dimensional girl with amazing fighting skills, loves her friends, family, and retro fashion. Although boys are lining up to date her, she only looks at Choi Dae Hyun, a handsome convenience store owner. Three years ago, he became imprinted upon her as an 'unforgettable person' after a cigarette errand. Flash forward to the present; Jung Saet Byul applies for a part-time position at Choi Dae Hyun's convenience store. There their love story begins as they heal the wounds of the heart, gain love, and become adults dreaming of the future. (Source: SBS) ~~ Adapted from the webtoon "Convenience Store Saet Byul" by Hwalhwasan. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Русский
  • Filipino
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Jun 19, 2020 - Aug 8, 2020
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: iQiyi SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 26,312 users)
  • Ranked: #4943
  • Popularity: #172
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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159 people found this review helpful
Sep 3, 2020
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 9.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 9.0

Don't corrupt your mind without giving it a try

I'm really glad that I watched this drama without reading stupid reviews because this was hell of a fun ride.

Let me tell you something about what's special about this drama

The best part about this drama is that all the characters, character development and the decision they make felt realistic which not many dramas have and after a long time watching a show doing this was so refreshing.

the casting and acting was flawless and while people are saying that JCW's character was boring then I don't know which character is interesting because if you just want every character in the drama to jump around, fight and shout without any reason then yeah JCW's character is boring. but man how good he plays this role. just from his expression you can feel how the situation is. he played as the most pure character ever and he nailed it which is not easy. and same goes for KYJ. she did a fantastic job playing the cheerful character. and if both the characters are cheerful then they don't match well.

I didn't got bored for even a sec and an hour long episode felt like 10 min.

and on top of all

You don't watch a drama because it will help you in your work or exams. You watch it to enjoy and if a show is entertaining then it doesn't matter even if the story, characters or acting is trash. if you enjoy it then that's all you need. I know so many dramas, movies and animes I know are trash but I still enjoy them and that's what I think matters the most.

just give it a try and if you don't like it then that's fine too. just go with the flow.

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93 people found this review helpful
Aug 30, 2020
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.0

Honestly It's NOT THAT BAD

People tend to read a lot of reviews and had a lot of judgement even before watching a show. But honestly this show is pretty good. Not to 10/10 kind of good but definitely deserve at least an 8/10.

To be honest, I got affected a little by knowing they had a lot of controversies after airing the first two episodes which I think it's pretty sad for them to have such an unlucky start because honestly it deserves a better rating.

For those who were saying that JCW doesn't shine in this show, it's pretty wrong. I personally think he doesn't have the need to receive cool hero roles like Healer, Baek Dong Soo or K2 in order to shine; which he really shows his good acting here as well, alongside with Kim Yoo Jung. I'm always very impressed how she captures a lot of details while acting, every expression of hers are telling a story, honestly one of the actress who presented very natural and good acting skills despite being young.

Let's talk about story, simple yet entertaining. It gives you a great laugh time to time. It might not have a big WOW storyline but it was better than a normal story too. For those who think it is super boring, trust me, there are much more worse ones out there. But standing in an objective perspective, if you hardly know any of them or don't like the casts, you might not be able to watch to the end. Because I love the two main casts and I was waiting for the couple to get together so as long as there's a reason to watch then it's worth watching! The two main leads are pretty cute, and when both of them smiled together, the visuals just exploded hahaha! I believe the kiss scenes were being cut because of the controvery, that's a shame. That's why I think this drama is basically just unlucky but it's not bad!

Side note: I really enjoyed The Fiery Priest characters coming out here and there, so for those who haven't watch it you must be wondering who are those people, you have to watch that too as it is the same director!
No wonder I've been sensing a strong "fiery priest comedy" from the very first episode😂

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  • Drama: Backstreet Rookie
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 16
  • Aired: Jun 19, 2020 - Aug 8, 2020
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: iQiyi, SBS
  • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 26,312 users)
  • Ranked: #4943
  • Popularity: #172
  • Watchers: 55,887

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