CEO-Dol Mart Season 1 Review – A heartwarming tale of friendship & perseverance

Season 1



Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4/5


The comedy-drama series Boss Dol Mart revolves around the fate of five K-pop idol members of “Thunder Boys,” whose lives drastically turned after an unfortunate accident.

After five years, the members are brought back together with a challenge to run Boram Mart. They had gone their separate ways after disbanding, and the shocking revelation that they are the Mart owners brings them back together. They re-unite under different circumstances and with a challenge to venture into a business they have no idea how to run. 

The plot follows the chaotic reunion of the five boys and the dysfunctional attempts to take their respective roles in running the supermarket. It explores the boys coming to terms with their new reality and navigating the challenges of running a business while learning about their pasts.

This is a plot of healing and rebuilding friendships that were torn apart tragically. The script is evenly paced, with each episode providing a new challenge or test for the boys. In addition, the events in each are not too predictable, and the ending offers a satisfying twist. The suspense about the past is explored steadily, allowing viewers to enjoy a bit of suspense and mystery. 

The character bring their unique charms to the story and have a fun dynamic. Choi Ho-rang is a natural-born leader. He takes the initiative to protect the boys both as a former leader of the idol group and now as boss at Boram Mart. He appears nonchalant, but he is eagerly working behind the scenes to support the boys and take care of the Mart.

Shin Tae-ho is his opposite. He is outspoken and straightforward. He is unafraid to call out the members on their wrongs, keeping them on their toes. He is also friendly and has become a favourite to some customers.

Jo Lee-joon is a fashionista. He is always curious about his looks and takes charge of the boss’s dress code. He is warm and charismatic, which attracts customers. He also takes charge of the shop’s digital media.

Eun Young-min is diffident but hardworking. He is self-effacing and wants to work in the backgrounds where he does not interact with customers. However, he is skilful in handling meat products, which comes in handy in running Boram Mart.

The final member of the Thunder Boys and the youngest boss is Yoo Sang-woo. His cuteness onscreen is captivating to viewers. He is not only charming but also vulnerable, which makes even viewers want to protect him. The boys are also very protective of him. Regardless, he is diligent at work and a skilful dancer and singer.

Apart from the bosses, another member of the Boram Mart team is Oh Ye-rim. She understands running a supermarket and is helpful to the bosses. 

Other support cast include CEO Choi Jong-yoon. He is selfish, greedy, and cunning. Ji-wook appears to be cruel and deceitful but is actually hurting and becomes vengeful. Another interesting member of the cast is Granny Lee Bok-soon, a customer at Boram Mart. Her bickering with Tae-ho is funny and interesting to watch. Consequently, the shoppers at Boram Mart, members of the entertainment industry, the Taekwondo School, and Jinsung Mart are essential to the story. 

The show is a comedy with a light-hearted storyline, which makes it an easy and entertaining watch. The chemistry between the actors and their chaotic interactions will keep you hooked. The story is slow-paced, especially in revealing past events, which can frustrate some viewers.

However, the plot focusing more on the reunion and running Boram Mart is entertaining enough. The ending hints at a possible second season with the bosses running a wedding hall. 

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

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