CEO-dol Mart (2023) Korean Drama Review

The South Korean drama series "CEO-dol Mart" has been running since 2023. It was written by Lee Yoo Yeon.

CEO-dol Mart (2023)

The South Korean streaming TV show CEO-dol Mart (Korean: 사장돌마트) is set in 2023 and stars Lee Shin-young, Xiumin, Hyungwon, Choi Jung-woon, Choi Won-myeong, and Lee Sae-on. It played on TVING every Friday at 16:00 (KST) from September 15, 2023, to October 13, 2023. There were 10 episodes. You can also watch it on Viki.


DramaCEO-dol Mart / Boss Dol Mart
DirectorLee Yoo-Yeon
WriterJang Kyung-Lim
No of Episodes10+
Release DateSeptember 15 – October 13, 2023
RuntimeFridays 16:00
CountrySouth Korea

CEO-dol Mart (2023): Story

The Thunder Boys are K-pop stars whose agent has gotten them into a lot of trouble: The business is having money problems and hasn’t been able to pay its employees. 

It has five members: Choi Ho Rang (Lee Sin Young), Shin Tae Ho (Xiumin), Jo Yi Joon (Hyungwon), Eun Young Min (Choi Won Myeong), who is the lead singer, and Yoon Sang Woo (Lee Sae On), who is the most famous member. 

Because their firm is having money problems, the boys are thrown a curveball when they are put in charge of a supermarket that is having trouble and told to turn things around. 

The boys have only ever heard K-pop, but now they need to learn how to do things like count stock, stack shelves, work the cash register, cut meat, and gut fish! Can they make the grocery store a neighborhood success story and get their music careers going again at the same time?

The South Korean drama series “CEO-dol Mart” has been running since 2023. It was written by Lee Yoo Yeon.

CEO-dol Mart (2023): Cast

Main Characters:

1) Lee Shin-young as Choi Ho-rang (Instagram)

Lee Shin-young

Lee Shin-young is a famous actor and model from South Korea. He was born in South Korea on January 24, 1998, in Chilgok County, North Gyeongsang Province. 

Lee’s first role was in the 2018 web series Just One Bite. Since then, he’s been in a number of TV shows, including CEO-dol Mart, Crash Landing on YouHow to Buy a Friend, and Rookie Cops

He was also in the movie Rebound, which will come out in 2023. Lee has won many awards, including Best Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama at the KBS Drama Awards (2020) and Rookie Actor of the Year at the 15th Asia Model Festival Awards (2020).

2) Xiumin as Shin Tae-ho (Instagram)


Xiumin is an actor and singer from South Korea. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, on March 26, 1990. His real name is Kim Min-seok. He is best known for being in the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, as well as its sub-group Exo-M and its boss Exo-CBX

When Xiumin’s EP Brand New came out on September 26, 2022, it was his first single work. The Chinese characters 礀 (xiù), which means “great” or “show,” and 珉 (mín), which is part of his real name, are put together to make his stage name. 

Xiumin has also been in a number of TV shows, including CEO-dol Mart, “Falling for Challenge” and “The Miracle We Met.” He has won a lot of awards, including Best New Actor at the 2018 MBC Drama Awards for his part in The Rich Son.

3) Hyungwon as Jo Yi-jun (Instagram)


Hyungwon is an actor, singer, dancer, model, DJ, MC, musician, and producer from South Korea. He was born in Gwangju, South Korea, on January 15, 1994. Hyungwon is best known for being in the South Korean boy band Monsta X. 

He made his start with Monsta X in 2015 after being picked through Starship Entertainment’s No.Mercy, a Mnet survival show. Besides being a musician, Hyungwon has also been in a number of TV shows, including CEO-dol Mart (2023), Please Find Her (2017) and The Love of Summer: The Performance (2019). 

Since 2017, he has also worked as a DJ under the name DJ H.ONE. The first official subunit of Monsta X is called Shownu X Hyungwon, and Hyungwon is a part of it.

4) Choi Jung-woon as Oh Ye-rim

Choi Jung-woon

Choi Jung-Woon is an actor from South Korea. She was born in South Korea in 2001. Choi is best known for her part as Ok-Joo in the movie “Moving On” (2020). 

She has also been in a number of TV shows, including “CEO-dol Mart” (TVING, 2023) as Oh Ye-Rim and “The Empire” (JTBC, 2022). Best New Actress went to Choi for her part in “Moving On” at the 57th BaekSang Arts Awards on May 13, 2021.

5) Choi Won-myeong as Eun Yeong-min (Instagram)

Choi Won-myeong

Choi Won-myeong is a South Korean actor and model. He was born in South Korea on January 6, 1994. Choi is best known for his parts in the series The Three Witches, Great First Wives, Wok of Love, and Strong Girl Bong-soon. 

He has also played Lee Nam-Jin in the Netflix drama series The Fabulous (2022). Choi will play Eun Young-min in the new TVING drama series CEO-dol Mart (2023).

6) Lee Sae-on [ko] as Yoon Sang-wu (Instagram)

Lee Sae-on [ko]

Lee Sae On is a singer and actor from South Korea who used to work for Banana Culture Entertainment as a student. 

SM made fun of him in high school, but he had to turn it down and go to college instead because his family didn’t want him to. 

He was accepted to Seokyeong University to study music, but he did not finish his studies. He was on the TV talent show CEO-dol Mart (2023), “Produce 101 Season 2” in 2017.

The thriller “Devil Inspector 2” was his first role, which came out in 2018. He and Kim Kook Heon were the hosts of the YouTube show “INSSA OPPA” for CJ Global Shop.

Supporting Characters:

  • Kim Sha-na as Kim Ji-na
  • Lee Sang-jin [ko] as Lee Ji-uk
  • Song Young-jae [ko]

Why I Watch This TV Series?

Here are some reasons why “CEO-dol Mart” might be fun to watch:

  • The comedy show is great for people who want to watch something that will make them feel good.
  • The story is fun and interesting; it’s about five K-pop stars who learn how to run a grocery shop.
  • Many people have said that the show has a great group and great performances.
  • If you like K-pop, this show will help you see some of your favorite stars in a new way.
  • The show was written by Lee Yoo Yeon, who has written a number of well-known Korean plays.