It's Okay, That's Love

It's Okay, That's Love (2014)

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Jang Jae Yeol is a famous mystery novelist and popular radio DJ with a prickly personality. After meeting psychiatrist Ji Hae Soo when they both serve on a talk show panel delving into the criminal mind, they instantly rub each other the wrong way. But when Jae Yeol’s girlfriend plagiarizes his work, forcing him to lie low until the media storm blows over and he can prove his innocence, he unexpectedly becomes read moreHae Soo’s roommate. Jae Yeol moves into a home that he owns that is being rented by Hae Soo; Jo Dong Min, another psychiatrist and Hae Soo’s senior colleague; and Park Soo Kwang, a young man with Tourette syndrome. As Jae Yeol and Hae Soo’s personalities clash, they help each other heal from their own deep-rooted emotional scars.

  • Native title:

    괜찮아, 사랑이야
  • Also Known as:

    Gwaenchana; Sarangiya; It's Okay, It's Love

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Oct 11, 2014
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I have seen absolute darkness. I know what it's like to lie in bed, unable to leave, trapped under sheets of sweat-drenched anxiety because every single movement feels heavier than you are. I've lived for the moments you reach the surface and gasp for air, only to slip beneath the waves. Most importantly, I know how a single hand can reach into that darkness and pull you to shore.

For sake of read more argument, I am going to share something very personal. In 2009 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This isn't a condition that you catch like a cold, but rather one that manifests at a certain age and snowballs until it's nearly impossible to function. You can't prevent it through proper care, you can't always predict its onset and you certainly can't run from it. Essentially, bipolar disorder means I suffer from violent mood swings - severe bouts of depression and self-destructive manic states. Most people are familiar with depression on some level, but the idea of a manic state is foreign so I'll take a moment to explain it. If depression is an extreme state of sadness or hopelessness, you can think of mania as an extreme state of happiness. It's generally characterized by impulsive (and often destructive) decisions, lack of sleep and is almost always accompanied by the physical feeling of euphoria (you can think of this as something similar to the effects of several drugs like ecstasy.) This state is the most dangerous and, for me personally, meant that I would blow through money on drugs and alcohol, ostracize my friends and family because of an uncontrollable temper and sail off into the sunset feeling invincible. These impulses left my life in ruins.

I crashed hard during my third semester of college and had to withdraw. At my worst I was suicidal, faced with a crippling loneliness that I had never felt before. You can think of it like standing knee- deep and staring into a dark pool of water. The only light is the reflection of your own eyes and even those seem foreign to you. If you shout you're greeted by a distorted echo that you recognize as your own, but it's masked by an alien quality. In this sense, mental disorders create two yous; the you that you're familiar with and the stranger you can't recognize beyond a silhouette and the stain it leaves behind. You're a prisoner in your own body and every single day you feel yourself inching closer and closer to the water.

If there is a single safe harbor in all of this, it's love. When two souls dredge through the fire and connect, the bond can become unbreakable. Empathy is the great uniter; shared pain is like cement. Love will harden through pain. Two souls become pillars, lifting the other out of the water and into the sky. This is what separates this drama from the rest. This is why It's Okay, That's Love is a masterpiece.

Mental health is not a topic that is addressed very often in Korean dramas, and when it is it often comes across as comical. Mental health balances between something people think of as self-imposed, something you can shrug off if you try hard enough, and something to be afraid of. Because of this, it's usually presented as one of the two extremes: something too light, often existing as comic relief or a silly quirk meant to add flavor without substance, or as something too heavy, existing as some ethereal force that twists the mind into something less than human. It's Okay, That's Love is able to present something serious and keep a lighthearted tone without being insulting.

If you're looking at the melodrama tag and expecting something that borders on makjang, this drama is not that. The feeling of melancholy threads this drama together, but it does not weigh it down. You won't find endless sobbing, misunderstandings or two-dimensional characters. Instead, this drama showcases the marriage of two souls through unconditional love and growth. Love is strongest when flaws can fit together like a jig-saw puzzle, and the characters in this drama compliment each other perfectly. It's important to emphasize that these characters are flawed. Too often dramas shy away from characters with real problems and instead settle on external conflict to move the story in its entirety. The characters in these dramas are perfect outside of the experiences they undergo and the forces that act on them and it makes them two-dimensional. This is not the case in this drama. Most of the conflict is internal, but it's relatable and organic. Every single character is presented in a manner that allows you to love and empathize with them - it's a multi-layered story, the supporting cast is also very well-developed.

In addition to a perfect atmosphere, this drama does something almost unheard of in a Korean drama. It presents a love story that is not about the chase, but rather endurance. Adult topics such as sex, intimacy and trust are at the forefront and allow the drama to paint a picture of actual couplehood instead of traditional guy-chase-girl or girl-chase-guy fare. You'll watch the couple grow not only as individuals, but as loving creatures. It doesn't stop at love, either, the concept of friendship as a refuge is just as strong. The entire cast grows over the course of the show, and if you're anything like me, you will grow along side them.

I really can't gush enough about this drama. It's been a very long time since I watched something that resonated within me with such perfect harmony. The soundtrack captures the moods perfectly, the actors (from main to supporting) have realistic and beautiful chemistry. The melancholy is haunting, but it won't overwhelm you. I cried, I smiled, laughed and lived with this drama. I saw those two souls grow into a love so pristine that you honestly believe they cannot live without each other. The term soulmate can only apply when two people love each other unconditionally, and they both crossed the sea in a rowboat to reach it.
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sprnaturalcraze
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Jan 8, 2015
  • Overall 10
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I can't believe how much I love this drama...

The characters feel like real people that actually have impacts on everyone around them. This is awesome because many times writers of dramas tend to forget characters that aren't in the main couple/triangle. I love that this drama shows actions and reactions of so many people, all while being able to keep the viewers absolutely in love with the main characters. No one read more felt overshadowed or forgotten, and you can feel how everyone involved really cared about telling this story.

The cast is filled with some of my favorite actors of all time, so of course the acting is superb. The mark of a great actor is that you completely forget that they aren't their characters while onscreen, and the entire cast pulls this off perfectly.

As for the OST...probably the best I've ever heard. This is the first time I've purchased music from an OST, and I bought not one, but two songs from this drama. One particular song is used to drive the plot further emotionally, and in the two biggest scenes it's used, it works perfectly to really capture the viewers' entire being into that scene. Those scenes hurt so much, yet I found myself watching them over and over because of how heartbreaking they were and beautifully they were put together.

I already want to watch it again, and I've just finished! This has definitely become one of my favorite shows (not just kdramas!) of all time.
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They both have the psychology aspect but I found it's Okay, That's Love to be much deeper plot while Madam Antoine was lighter and more comedy. Both females leads are bold but while in Madam Antoine she was a fortune teller and he was the psychologist, in it's Okay, That's Love she was the psychologist and he was a writer. Both stories the main characters had love issues and the guys had traumas
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Both dramas are eye-opening. They both leave powerful messages for the viewers.
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    Aguszku 14 days ago - edited

    Wow, this drama is amazing. Not about sparkling love between man and woman, but the problems the couple have to deal with.
    There is no sweet romance like in tales or romantic comedies (these are cute, and charming, but ech... as well boring for some I guess). Not just kissing and sweet looking at each other. This drama give us fresh strong relationship which can we find in real life. There is no problem like "oh, we're hiding so many emotions and feelings for each other; oh there are very hard obstacles, because of which we can't be with each other", but real problems like illness, fear, some kind of acceptance.
    There is really good (maybe a little bit predictable) psychological side, fantastic acting and wonderful OST (so much good English songs!).
    I love these moments of fighting with something/someone and then... "Hero" by The Family of The Year. For me it was metaphoric a lot :)
    Please, give us more dramas like this one!

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    Inggrid 25 days ago

    Love this drama so much at first i watched it because i watched to see D.O who is my EXO bias but eventually the drama got me and i watched and enjoyed yhe whole drama it was seriously really good! It was so freakin addictive that i couldn't stop watching it. Loved the soundtracks ❤️

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    Snows 27 days ago - edited

    Hands down, the best Korean drama I've ever watched. And I've watched a lot, including "the bests": You who came from the stars, Healer, City Hunter, Master's Sun, The Greatest Love... Some of them were rom-coms, others were melos, action romances, etc., so it's hard to compare them. But, in the end, "It's Okay, That's Love" was the drama that moved me the most; it got to my core and made my laugh, cry and enjoy where no other drama had succeded.

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    rialenleexx 27 days ago

    It was emotional, touching, sweet and just simply enjoyable from the start till the end . In Seong is a magnificent actor and a master of facial expressions when it comes to emotions, i’m highly looking forward to his next drama. Overall It was such an amazing drama. The background music, the casting and etc. was perfect. Wow! Love this drama! <3 . I hope jo in sung will get more dramas in the future!

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    ReyBo Apr 1, 2016

    all the love for this drama <3

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    ldrx Mar 28, 2016 - edited

    i started watching this drama 1 night ago despite having 5 dramas in my watching list, i just couldnt stop watching after the first episode i was completely hooked!! and trust me that doesnt happen often, hence why i still have some dramas on my watching list for months!! Whew what a journey, i will never get over this dramas epicness.... the chemistry between the main characters tho damn i was blown, also the OST, man i will never get over this drama.
    i am in love with jo insung more than ever. ugh i want him.

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    lilymeid1998 Mar 26, 2016 - edited

    Does anyone knows the cafe song in episode 3?

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      iamgeralddd Mar 31, 2016 - edited

      Clara C - Offbeat & Clara C - The Camel Song
      is it what you're looking for?

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      lilymeid1998 Apr 1, 2016

      Oh no, it's a song from a boygroup if I'm right. It's right after Kyungsoo slammed his hand on the table. But thank you for trying to help me find it!

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      iamgeralddd Apr 1, 2016

      ahh i see, sorry i don't know about that song too ^^

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      lilymeid1998 Apr 1, 2016

      It's ok! Thank you for trying

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    Kiseki Mar 25, 2016 - edited

    This drama steadily crept up in my esteem until now, 6 months later I finally give it 10/10. On my first watch it was 9/10, then 2nd rewatch 9.5, and now on my third it's a solid 10/10. The OST first of all is beautiful standalone and in the drama it enhanced the story so much, it's literally the best OST I've ever heard in any drama ever, full of heartwarming warmth and anguish experienced in love. Just! Too fantastic for words. The story of this drama is also unique and did not get boring each rewatch, I just felt like I got to know the characters even better and they became more relatable and lovable.

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      card_hunter 29 days ago

      Lol I just updated my rating, its an amazing drama and agreed there is nothing like this. The two leads aren't even actors I like (they are good but not my type) but they were perfect in their roles and re-watching things make more sense.

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    naccu Mar 24, 2016 - edited

    I'm still not over this drama a year later <3

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      oyaji Mar 26, 2016

      Me too chingu. Rewatched many times

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      Martina Mar 30, 2016

      I'm happy that I'm not alone XD

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      iamgeralddd Mar 31, 2016

      neither do I..i find myself keep replaying some of my favorite scenes sometimes.

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    Beansprout Mar 24, 2016

    uhmmmm.. i don't know how I will react to this drama. maybe its because Its psychological thing, that is why I cannot express how I feel. The whole drama made me laugh so much, cry so much and learned so much...
    The relationship between them is kinda weird but real.. I love how hae soo's love grows until the end. Its not typical love story but its love that made you feel that it will lasts forever if the story is real.. Applause to all the characters espicially to Jae Hyul and Uncle Jo. Jae Hyul affect me so much and Uncle Jo was a great supporter... Anyways it will be my one of my favorites.... Everyone one must watch it, actually it has no boring part and I gave 10/10 rating for this one.. ughh... It made me feel weird.. I don't know why....

    The OST was superb!!! I have a Last Song Syndrome in Best Luck by Chen..

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    KojoSoJiSub Mar 23, 2016

    My first 10/10. One of my favorite, if not favorite, dramas of all time. This is the result of great writing, directing, music to set the mood, and of course the amazing acting.

    I have re-watched it each time I suggest it to someone and watch it along with them. And the funniest part is when you can see the moment they have fallen just as hard for it. I can't quite put it into words but it has this special charm where it just seems so real and next thing you know you're actually in that world. Still trying to find a drama that will top this one for me.

    IF YOU ARE WONDERING IF YOU SHOULD WATCH IT, DO IT RIGHT NOW, WATCH IT!!

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    Ifana Motiretelli Mar 11, 2016

    Love this couple. Very enjoy the drama. From beginning until end... Splendid.

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    bossmama Mar 10, 2016

    Maybe because I've been feeding myself with psychological stuffs (and the ones that don't present themselves as 'psychological' but certainly complex enough to explore various depths of human condition), and do some research myself everytime I get intrigued by the topic, I no longer find anything new or thought-provoking in this drama. Also, the way they make the patients' problems as case-of-the-week offense me a bit somehow

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    alice Mar 6, 2016 - edited

    I've seen this drama on almost everyone's favourites, it intrigues me

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      niko Mar 10, 2016

      give it a try!

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      Asia al salem Mar 18, 2016

      Did you like it? :P

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      alice Mar 18, 2016

      Im still in the middle of watching it, but it's pretty good :)

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      Bae Mar 26, 2016

      I finished it and it was one of the best Dramas I've seen so far *-* and the Music is really good

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    abeer Feb 12, 2016

    my favorite drama ever. i wonder if i'm ever gonna be able to see something close to it !!!

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Jul 23, 2014 to Sep 11, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 10,752 users)
  • Ranked:

    #39
  • Popularity:

    #20

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