Backstreet Rookie

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Backstreet Rookie
Backstreet Rookie Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asConvenience Store Saet-byul
Hangul편의점 샛별이
Hanja便宜店 샛별이
Based onConvenience Store Saet-byul
by Hwalhwasan and Geumsagong
Written bySon Geun-joo
Directed byMyoungwoo Lee
Ending theme"Crazy" by April
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Jung Tae-won
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time70 minutes
Production company(s)Taewon Entertainment
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 19, 2020 (2020-06-19) –
present (present)
External links

Backstreet Rookie[1] (Korean편의점 샛별이; Hanja便宜店 샛별이; RRPyeonuijeom Saetbyeoli; lit. Convenience Store Saet-byul) is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Ji Chang-wook and Kim Yoo-jung. It is based on the 2016–2017 webtoon Convenience Store Saet-byul written by Hwalhwasan and illustrated by Geumsagong.[2][3] It is an iQIYI original series and is also the first Korean drama invested by the global channel Lifetime and produced by Taewon Entertainment.[4] The series airs on SBS TV at 22:00 (KST) time slot on Fridays and Saturdays, starting from June 19, 2020. It is available on iQIYI with multi-languages subtitles globally.[5][6]


Choi Dae-hyun (Ji Chang-wook) runs into a group of female high school students, including Jung Saet-byul (Kim Yoo-jung), who look like troublemakers. Saet-byul asks Dae-hyun to buy them cigarettes from a convenience store, but he buys them candy instead and gives Saet-byul his number. She never calls him.

Three years later, Dae-hyun runs a small convenience store after resigning. While looking for a part-time worker to work the night shift at his convenience store, Saet-byul applies for the job and starts working there.[7]



A 29-year-old convenience store manager with a tall and hunky appearance that makes every woman turn around. He is a little bit clumsy and weird despite his cold appearance. He is kind and sympathizes with others and gets too immersed in someone else's situation.[7]
The owner of four-dimensional character yet refreshing beauty. Even though she has amazing athletic ability and great fighting skills, she is a 22-year-old young woman who loves flowers, loves friends, and enjoys retro-sensational songs and fashion.[7]


Dae-hyun's girlfriend and former boss, also a convenience store headquarter's Public Relations team leader. A 31-year-old career woman with intelligence, beauty and abilities. She is the daughter of the second largest shareholder of the convenience store head office, but has been admitted with skill and has been promoted with clear results.[11]
The son of the convenience store's owner and currently a convenience store's head office director. He has been properly educated since childhood. He is the next leader of the company.[7]

People around Dae-hyun[edit]

58 years old, Dae-hyun's mother.
58 years old, Dae-hyun's father, and previously 4 Heavenly Kings band's singer.
  • Um Moon-suk as Han Dal-shik
29 years old, Dae-hyun's close friend, a webtoon writer.
  • Kim Ji-hyun as Choi Dae-soon
38 years old, Dae-hyun's older sister.

People around Saet-byul[edit]

19 years old, Saet-byul's little sister. A beautiful high school girl who harbors the dream of becoming an artist.
  • Seo Ye-hwa as Hwang Geum-bi
22 years old, Saet-byul's close friend.
  • Yoon Soo as Cha Eun-jo
22 years old, Saet-byul's close friend.
  • neulbo as neulbo
A stuffed doll that Dae-hyun's ex-girlfriend gave it back to him, Saet-byul took it after she saw Dae-hyun throwing it.

4 Heavenly Kings band members[edit]

58 years old, the former guitarist of the band 4 Heavenly Kings, and owns a restaurant in Busan.
  • Lee Yoon-hee as Cha Ki-bok
58 years old, the former keyboardist of the band 4 Heavenly Kings.
  • Bae Gi-bum as Go Kwang-tae
58 years old, the former drummer of the band 4 Heavenly Kings.


60 years old, Yeon-joo's mother.
60 years old, Yeon-joo's father, a university professor.
  • Heo Jae-ho as Department Head Bae
  • Ji Chan as Kang Sung-tae
  • Shin Yoon-jung as Kim Jung-ha
  • Lee Ju-ha as Oh Hyun-ji

Special appearances[edit]

A gang leader who unsuccessfully tries to recruit Saet-byul into her group.
Dae-hyun's ex-girlfriend.
A YouTuber, and he broadcasts from the convenience store he works at.
22-year-old actor and rising star. Saet-byul's elementary school friend. He became an instant celebrity when he single-handedly stopped a robbery in a convenience store while working as a part-timer. Thanks to his handsome appearance, he is a next-generation national star who captures the hearts of many with politeness and sincerity.
A minor who tries to buy cigarettes.
A customer.
Saet-byul and Eun-byul's father.
  • Kim Se-yong as a chicken shop employee.
  • Ahn Chang-hwan as a convenience store part-time work interviewee.
  • Tak Jae-hoon as adult webtoon PD.


The first script-reading was held in February 2020.[14] The series is directed by Myoungwoo Lee of the 2019 hit series The Fiery Priest.[15]

The main cast (Ji Chang-wook, Kim Yoo-jung, Han Sun-hwa and Do Sang-woo) appeared on the 507th episode of the variety show Running Man to promote the series.[16]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Backstreet Rookie OST
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
  • Dreamus

Part 1[edit]

Released on June 19, 2020 (2020-06-19)
  • Hana
  • Yejun
  • Han Soo-seok
  • Yejun
  • Lee Ha-eun
  • Jung Sung-min (POPKID)
  • Shin Yong-soo
Kang Daniel3:21
2."Something" (Inst.) 
  • Han Soo-seok
  • Yejun
  • Lee Ha-eun
  • Jung Sung-min (POPKID)
  • Shin Yong-soo
Total length:6:42

Part 2[edit]

Released on June 26, 2020 (2020-06-26)
  • Lee Myung-soo
  • Major Leaguer
Major LeaguerApril3:48
2."Crazy" (Inst.) Major Leaguer 3:48
Total length:7:36

Part 3[edit]

Released on June 27, 2020 (2020-06-27)
1."Love Ya"Kim Tae-woo
  • Lee Hyun-seung
  • TM
Kim Tae-woo (g.o.d)3:04
2."Love Ya" (Inst.) 
  • Lee Hyun-seung
  • TM
Total length:6:08

Part 4[edit]

Released on July 4, 2020 (2020-07-04)
1."Sleepless Night" (잠이 오지 않는 밤에)
  • Gaemi
  • Lmokulsra
  • Lmokulsra
2."Sleepless Night" (Inst.) 
  • Lmokulsra
Total length:8:42


The show has been heavily criticised for its vulgar depiction of a webtoon artist portraying crude sexual behaviour and moaning as he's drawing. The webtoon artist is portrayed as a black-face rastafarian suggesting that those with dreadlocks and/or black skins are dirty as special effects shows flies flying off the dreadlocks and odours vaporising from the character.[17] As a result, viewers took to the SBS Discussion boards due to the revealing nature of the series, with more than 6,000 signatures calling for the show to be cancelled.[18][19]


  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Ep. Part Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[20] TNmS[21]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 1 June 19, 2020 4.8% (19th) 5.4% (16th) N/A
2 6.3% (11th) 6.6% (9th) 5.2% (18th)
2 1 June 20, 2020 3.7% (NR) 4.1% (NR) N/A
2 6.8% (9th) 7.3% (8th) 6.1% (14th)
3 1 June 26, 2020 4.9% (19th) 5.3% (18th) N/A
2 6.7% (9th) 7.4% (8th) 6.0% (15th)
4 1 June 27, 2020 4.6% (NR) 5.3% (20th) N/A
2 8.3% (6th) 9.4% (4th) 8.0% (9th)
5 1 July 3, 2020 4.6% (20th) 4.7% (20th) N/A
2 5.8% (16th) 6.0% (12th) 6.2% (14th)
6 1 July 4, 2020 4.9% (NR) N/A N/A
2 7.9% (7th) 8.7% (6th) 8.0% (8th)
7 1 July 10, 2020
8 1 July 11, 2020
9 1 July 17, 2020
10 1 July 18, 2020
11 1 July 24, 2020
12 1 July 25, 2020
13 1 July 31, 2020
14 1 August 1 , 2020
15 1 August 7, 2020
16 1 August 8, 2020
Average % % %


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  21. ^ TNmS ratings:
    • "Ep. 1". Break News (in Korean). June 20, 2020.
    • "Ep. 2". Break News (in Korean). June 21, 2020.
    • "Ep. 3". Break News (in Korean). June 27, 2020.
    • "Ep. 4". Break News (in Korean). June 28, 2020.
    • "Ep. 5". Break News (in Korean). July 4, 2020.
    • "Ep. 6". Break News (in Korean). July 5, 2020.

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