It’s Okay, That’s Love Korean Drama Review

It’s Okay, That’s Love follows the complicated love story between a writer and a psychiatrist who both suffer from mental illness rooted in trauma from their past.  They go on a journey of acceptance and love as they work towards healing.

It’s Okay, That’s Love is a unique drama because of it’s focus on mental illness. Most of the main characters deal with some form of mental illness. The drama doesn’t shy away from exploring some of the quirks and symptoms that come along with these issues. It also sheds light on them with a nice balance of humor and seriousness.

It's Okay That's Love - Jo In Sung 2

Jo In Sung plays Jang Jae Yeol, a famous writer and radio host. He’s a bit of a player with a cool and confident personality. But after suffering years of abuse as a child, he has developed some severe trauma issues.

He also deals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as struggles with an illness I don’t recall seeing in a drama before, Schizophrenia. It’s an illness that can be very destructive and scary for both the one experiencing it as well as family and friends. But the illness isn’t the person. Underneath it is a real person that isn’t crazy, but has some serious symptoms that have to be dealt with. Jo In Sung beautifully portrayed Jae Yeol’s struggle with the illness.

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Gong Hyo Jin is Ji Hae Soo. She’s a psychiatrist with a very prickly personality. She also suffers from a phobia of sexual intimacy due to witnessing her mother’s infidelity as a child. This gives her a great deal of anxiety as well as a panic disorder. She’s a very strong willed an interesting sort of character that I think Gong Hyo Jin handled wonderfully.

It's Okay That's Love Korean Drama - Lee Kwang Soo

We then have Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang. He suffers from Tourette Syndrome which causes him problems around people at times, especially when it comes to dating. He’s an awkward sort of guy but has a very fun loving and supportive personality.

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Sung Dong Il is Jo Dong Min, another psychiatrist who works with Hae Soo. He’s the most together one of the bunch. He’s a straight forward and no nonsense kind of guy, but he has a big heart and is a major support for all of our characters.

It's Okay That's Love - D.O. 2 It's Okay That's Love - Jo In Sung and D.O. 3

Another important character includes D.O. who put forth a moving performance as Kang Woo, a high school student who Jae Yeol takes under his wing. The relationship between the two was unique and very nurturing. I really enjoyed the scenes between the pair and the fascinating dynamic between them.

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We are definitely seeing more dramas that deal with mental illness these days, but this one really tackles the subject head on. It takes on “smaller” issues as well as some very big and hard hitting ones. I was really impressed with how the drama was able to portray people struggling with mental illness as normal. They weren’t weird or scary. They were just people trying to live their lives while dealing with their own issues.

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Jae Yeol and Hae Soo are an interesting couple for sure. The drama paints them very realistically by showing very well rounded personalities that included both likable and unlikable aspects to them.

At times I really liked them, and at other times I really didn’t. It was a bit difficult to adjust to, but I really credit the writer for creating people that aren’t cookie cutter and are very much like most people. We all have aspects of our personality that are positive and negative, and these two were really presented in that way.

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Their relationship is both sexy and awkward. They have undeniable chemistry that makes for some pretty heart fluttering scenes. But then they also have to deal with both of their trauma issues which very much affects their relationship. But these two are very much supportive of each other. This is the kind of relationship that makes you realize that true love is very accepting.

Jae Yeol and Hae Soo are able to be very honest with each other about their issues. These are things that most people would find weird and maybe even write someone off for. But by seeing beyond these surface issues, they were able to see the real person underneath. And that acceptance made a huge difference. Acceptance for some can lessen the severity of issues while at other times it just offers an important support. Both make a difference.

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Jae Yeol and Hae Soo go through some very difficult circumstances. It was painful to watch their struggles and my heart really ached for them. I was rooting for them both as a couple and as individuals as they worked through their traumas. Their story was very much a moving one.

While in some instances the drama simplifies some mental health issues, for the most part it does a great service by giving us a window into what people with these illness’ have to deal with. I was very pleased with the overall handling of the subject and would love to see more dramas take on these issues. I should also note the absolutely fantastic soundtrack that thoroughly enhanced this drama. Truly so many wonderful songs!

It's Okay That's Love - Sung Dong Il and Lee Kwang Soo 2

Also, here’s my little story as to why this drama was a particularly interesting experience for me. It really illustrates that the timing of watching a drama can really affect one’s enjoyment of it.

I actually started watching It’s Okay, That’s Love almost three full years ago! Here’s where the timing issue comes in. I started it upon completing one of my all time favorite dramas (Pinocchio), and we know it can be difficult for a new drama to live up to a recent amazing drama.

I watched two episodes of It’s Okay, That’s Love and was not that impressed. The subject matter intrigued me, but I found it slow and had a difficult time warming up to it. I thought Gong Hyo Jin was fine, but I had never seen Jo In Sung, and he did nothing for me. So alas, I put the drama on indefinite hold and moved on. Though I did think about it quite often over the years and always had plans of giving it another whirl.

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Fast forward three years later. I recently started and dropped a new drama that was highly praised, but I found it incredibly boring, sterile, and emotionless. I needed something else! Having recently watched That Winter, The Wind Blows and really getting to see Jo In Sung for the first time completely changed my impression of him. I didn’t even remember him from It’s Okay, That’s Love, but he really impressed me in That Winter, The Wind Blows. I wanted to check out more of his works and remembered that drama I put on hold years ago.

So back I went for round two. I resumed the drama and within 15 minutes I already felt emotionally connected to the drama and all four of the main characters. Now was the TIME. And well, it ended up being a thoroughly enjoyable drama. I always love it when moments like this happen. A not so great experience years ago turned into a very positive one now.

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So you just never know sometimes. Your enjoyment of a drama can be affected by your mood, what you’re going through in life, what dramas you’ve recently watched, and so many other things. So keep that in mind if you ever find yourself thinking about a drama you dropped long ago or find yourself in a different place. Maybe you should give it another try. Watching a drama at the right time can make all the difference.

My Rating: 8/10

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29 Responses to It’s Okay, That’s Love Korean Drama Review

  1. OchaNokcha says:

    I loved that show …

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    I definitely agree with you. I know a mood can really make a difference when you are watching something. I have had my fair share of movies and series that I at first did not like for one bit, but rewatched years later only to enjoy them a lot. (But I have also had that happen the other way around).
    This does sound like a beautiful series by the way. Even though it features a very heavy subject matter, the way you are describing it really sounds like they did a terrific job with this one 😀 Great review, thanks for sharing this! 😊

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    • Kay says:

      It really is amazing how many things can affect our view of a show. And I’m glad it worked out good for me by resuming this series. It really is well done and handles the subject matter with such a nice balance of seriousness and humor 🙂

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  3. Timescout says:

    It does often hang on the mood whether you enjoy a show or not. Sometimes it just isn’t the right time for that paritcular show you are trying to watch and failing.

    Um… I’m not sure if you left it out on purpose so as not to spoil but… you know ‘who’ D.O’s Kang Woo really was, right? 🙂

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, yeah, I think it would be pretty much impossible to watch the series and not know who he is 😉 I definitely didn’t want to spoil it for anyone considering watching it for the first time. But yes, timing really makes a difference, and it made a huge one with this drama. I’m glad I ended up waiting to watch it and think I was able to get so much more enjoyment out of it because I did 🙂


  4. D says:

    Thanks for the review Kay. I understand what you mean now by you had a story to share about this one.

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    • Kay says:

      It was definitely an interesting experience 🙂 So did you end up dropping it and moving on to something else?


      • D says:

        No. I have not dropped it yet. I didn’t like first episode but I did really like episode two and now I’m onto episode 3 but had not continued yet because I was waiting for your review but now that I have read your review I will go and continue. 😉

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  7. Kate says:

    I’m about halfway through “It’s okay, that’s love” and wasn’t sure I’d continue after the first couple of episodes. I’m never in the mood for heavy subject matter because I want to be entertained at the end of a long work day not weighed down but there are some dramas that do such a good job of presenting a story with great actors, chemistry, and setting, that they’re worth sticking with. Every scene, every character interaction in this one so far has been solid, there hasn’t been a throwaway one in the bunch. There are so many dramas that I enjoy but have to admit something about it made me frustrated or annoyed. Not with “It’s okay, that’s love”. It truly is that good. I know it’s only going to get heavier but now I have such a vested interest in seeing how they handle each person’s story that I’m glad I found it. Also, I balance out the heavy by watching an episode of “Go go Waikiki” before I turn in 😉

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    • Kay says:

      Sounds like you had a similar experience to me! For whatever reason, I didn’t connect with the drama at first either, but once I clicked, I was in! And I agree, this drama did so many things right with such meaningful characters, dialogue, and situations. It’s all very unique and intriguing. It does get heavier, but it’s definitely worth it because of how attached you get to the characters and wanting to see them deal and overcome their issues. And I think they handled it all really well. Hope you enjoy the second half! 🙂


  8. D.O says:

    They all have horrible personalities and half the cast is bipolar and has HUGE mood swings. One scene they are all cheery, and a second later their mood changes in being really nasty without a reason. For a show that has 3 doctors dealing with mental illness and being the main subject for drama they sure do a terrible job.

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    • Kay says:

      I actually agree with you that most of the characters don’t have the most likable personalities. It makes it harder to warm up to the characters in general. But I do think that was a big point in depicting that these were real people and not the typical fantasy characters we usually get. In real life, many people don’t have the greatest personalities.

      I also think they handled the topic of mental illness well. It’s common for many people with various forms of mental illness to go through extreme mood changes. That includes professionals who enter the field. Most of the time they can be very helpful to others, but they still struggle themselves. So while it definitely wasn’t perfect by far, I thought the drama did fairly well at tackling the topic of mental illness 🙂


  9. Vivi says:

    I never miss watching this drama every year💓 I am simply in love with the drama and with the characters. When people ask me to recommend some Korean dramas, this never gets out of the list. People really have to watch this. The more that I watch this drama, the more that I fall in love with this. This made me realize that simple things might not be just ‘simple’ at all, that normal things might not be just ‘normal’ at all, and that the things that we usually do could be a sign of a ‘symptom’ of a certain illness. Everyone who gets to read this could possibly have an illness. Well, who knows? It could be me…or you💓

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    • Kay says:

      Oh yes, this is a great one to recommend people. Truly a wonderful a drama 🙂 I too loved how it portrayed the complexities of mental illness. It showed it in such a real and relatable way that allows us to connect with the characters and hopefully realize that people all around us struggle with these things. Fantastic! 🙂


  10. MyKDramaticLife says:

    Trying to comment older reviews again. Hehehe.
    So I rated this drama a bit higher (9/10).
    It’s one of those first batches of dramas I watched that made me cried so much, with a very interesting unique stroyline.

    On that note, what other dramas of Gong Hyo Jin unni will you recommend me to watch first?

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    • Kay says:

      Much appreciated! I always love seeing comments for the older dramas 🙂 Oh yes, this was such an emotional drama! It really hits you in feels 🙂

      Oooh, Gong Hyo Jin has quite a few really good dramas. I honestly loved her in When the Camellia Blooms last year. That drama was wonderful. I also really enjoyed her in The Greatest Love (first time I saw her). Have you seen those yet?


      • MyKDramaticLife says:

        I am almost done with When the Camellia Blooms. Get ready for my review for it for the April entries. Hehehe.

        Haven’t gotten the chance to watch The Greatest Love yet. But it’s already on my long list. 😊

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        • Kay says:

          Oh that’s good! I’ll look forward to it 🙂 The Greatest Love is fun in the classic Hong sisters way, so a good one to check out if you enjoy their comedy 🙂


  11. Mary says:

    Hi, it seems this blog about Its Okay Thats Love is quite recent. Maybe you guys are familiar with the songs used? There’s a song that I can’t really find the name, it has the lyrics, “If I had the chance my love, I would tell you my illusions. I’m in love and always will, take my hand and yours ooooh where are we going?” It’s quite sometime when I heard this, but after I decided to rewatch IOTL, this song bugged me all day. It was never included in the Pop OST.. You could hear the whole song in the part where Kwang Soo ang Sung Kyung kissed in the garden while In Sung and Hyo Jin are overlooking them.

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    • Kay says:

      Hi Mary 🙂 It’s been a few years since I watched the drama, so I’m sorry to say that I don’t recall that particular song. Have you tried searching through OST playlists on Youtube? That’s usually what I do when I’m trying to track down a song that’s not part of the official OST 🙂


      • Mary says:

        Hi, yes. I’ve tried searching and there’s a song that everyone can’t find, I guess that’s the song hahaha. Thanks by the way.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kay says:

          Oh yes, I’ve definitely had that experience many times with dramas! It’s horrible looking and looking, and it feels like the song somehow doesn’t exist anywhere outside of the drama 😛 I hope you happen to stumble across it someday though 🙂


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