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According to Nielsen Korea, it recorded an average nationwide TV viewership rating of 5.4%. It was the most popular show of 2020 in the romance genre on Netflix in South Korea.<ref name=”:0″ /> Critical response were primarily positive; some commentators criticized the writing in the latter half of the series but praised the acting by the cast.

According to Nielsen Korea, it recorded an average nationwide TV viewership rating of 5.4%. It was the most popular show of 2020 in the romance genre on Netflix in South Korea.<ref name=”:0″ /> Critical response were primarily positive; some commentators criticized the writing in the latter half of the series but praised the acting by the cast.

”[[The New York Times]]” named ”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” one of “The Best International Shows of 2020″.<ref name=”nytimes” /> At the [[57th Baeksang Arts Awards]], it received eight nominations with two wins ([[Baeksang Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television|Best Supporting Actor – Television]] and Technical Award for costume design). It received a nomination at the [[49th International Emmy Awards]] in the [[International Emmy Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries|Best TV Movie or Miniseries]] categories.

”[[The New York Times]]” named ”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” one of “The Best International Shows of 2020″.<ref name=”nytimes” /> At the [[57th Baeksang Arts Awards]], it received eight nominations with two wins ([[Baeksang Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television|Best Supporting Actor – Television]] and Technical Award for costume design). It received a nomination at the [[49th International Emmy Awards]] in the [[International Emmy Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries|Best TV Movie or Miniseries]] categories.

==Plot==

==Plot==

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==Production==

==Production==

===Development===

===Development===

”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” was created by [[Studio Dragon]], written by Jo Yong, directed by Park Shin-woo, and produced by [[Story TV]] and [[Gold Medalist (company)|Gold Medalist]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://m.news.naver.com/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=382&aid=0000831049|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 박신우 감독·조용 작가가 전하고픈 메시지|trans-title=A message from director Park Shin-woo and writer Jo Yong|last=Jo|first=Yoo-kyung|date=June 18, 2020|website=Naver|publisher=Sports Dong-A|access-date=October 24, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118171948/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/382/0000831049|url-status=live}}</ref> Jo Yong based the drama on her relationship with a man who had a [[personality disorder]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/hobbiesandactivities/759664/hit-k-drama-series-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-is-based-on-its-writer-s-love-story/story/|title=Hit K-drama series ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ is based on its writer’s love story|last=Bigtas|first=Jannielyn Ann|date=October 13, 2020|website=[[GMA News Online]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026041126/https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/hobbiesandactivities/759664/hit-k-drama-series-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-is-based-on-its-writer-s-love-story/story/|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/108/0002887454|script-title=ko:’사괜’ 작가 “내 연애담의 반성문..김수현 캐스팅 기적”(인터뷰①)|trans-title=”It”s Okay’ writer, “The reflection of my love story..Kim Soo-hyun casting miracle” (Interview ①)|date=August 17, 2020|last=Han|first=Hae-Seon|website=Naver|publisher=Star News|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026234710/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/108/0002887454|url-status=live}}</ref> She developed Moon Sang-tae’s character by listening to the stories of people with autistic brothers and referred to the books recommended by the CEO of Bear Better, a social enterprise where people with developmental disabilities work.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23851547|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 조용 작가, 오정세 연기 보며 울었다|trans-title=”It”s a psycho, but it’s okay’ writer Jo Yong cried while watching the acting Oh Jeong-se|date=August 19, 2020|last=Yoo|first=Seong-woon|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026122117/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23851547|url-status=live}}</ref> Fashion director Cho Sang-kyung managed costumes, while fashion designer [[Minju Kim]] designed some of Ko Moon-young’s dresses.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23829467|script-title=ko:서예지의 판타지 패션 창조한 조상경, 김민주 알고 보니|trans-title=It turns out that Cho Sang-kyung and Kim Min-ju, who created Seo Ye-ji’s fantasy fashion|last=Yoo|first=Ji-yeon|date=July 21, 2020|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 27, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201027025648/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23829467|url-status=live}}</ref>

”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” was created by [[Studio Dragon]], written by Jo Yong, directed by Park Shin-woo, and produced by [[Story TV]] and [[Gold Medalist (company)|Gold Medalist]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://m.news.naver.com/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=382&aid=0000831049|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 박신우 감독·조용 작가가 전하고픈 메시지|trans-title=A message from director Park Shin-woo and writer Jo Yong|last=Jo|first=Yoo-kyung|date=June 18, 2020|website=Naver|publisher=Sports Dong-A|access-date=October 24, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118171948/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/382/0000831049|url-status=live}}</ref> Jo Yong based the drama on her relationship with a man who had a [[personality disorder]].<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/hobbiesandactivities/759664/hit-k-drama-series-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-is-based-on-its-writer-s-love-story/story/|title=Hit K-drama series ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ is based on its writer’s love story|last=Bigtas|first=Jannielyn Ann|date=October 13, 2020|website=[[GMA News Online]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026041126/https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/hobbiesandactivities/759664/hit-k-drama-series-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-is-based-on-its-writer-s-love-story/story/|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/108/0002887454|script-title=ko:’사괜’ 작가 “내 연애담의 반성문..김수현 캐스팅 기적”(인터뷰①)|trans-title=”It”s Okay’ writer, “The reflection of my love story..Kim Soo-hyun casting miracle” (Interview ①)|date=August 17, 2020|last=Han|first=Hae-Seon|website=Naver|publisher=Star News|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026234710/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/108/0002887454|url-status=live}}</ref> She developed Moon Sang-tae’s character by listening to the stories of people with autistic brothers and referred to the books recommended by the CEO of Bear Better, a social enterprise where people with developmental disabilities work.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23851547|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 조용 작가, 오정세 연기 보며 울었다|trans-title=”It”s a psycho, but it’s okay’ writer Jo Yong cried while watching the acting Oh Jeong-se|date=August 19, 2020|last=Yoo|first=Seong-woon|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026122117/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23851547|url-status=live}}</ref> Fashion director Cho Sang-kyung managed costumes, while fashion designer [[Minju Kim]] designed some of Ko Moon-young’s dresses.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23829467|script-title=ko:서예지의 판타지 패션 창조한 조상경, 김민주 알고 보니|trans-title=It turns out that Cho Sang-kyung and Kim Min-ju, who created Seo Ye-ji’s fantasy fashion|last=Yoo|first=Ji-yeon|date=July 21, 2020|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 27, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201027025648/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23829467|url-status=live}}</ref>

===Casting===

===Casting===

In the second half of 2019, [[Kim Soo-hyun]] considered ”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” to be his comeback drama following his [[Conscription in South Korea|obligatory military enlistment]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/kim-soo-hyun-considers-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-as-comeback-drama-134653.html|title=Kim Soo-hyun Considers “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” as Comeback Drama|date=October 17, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026180832/https://www.hancinema.net/kim-soo-hyun-considers-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-as-comeback-drama-134653.html|url-status=live}}</ref> and his casting was confirmed by his agency in February 2020.<ref name=”cast kim”>{{cite web|url=http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200207000504|title=Actor Kim Soo-hyun to star in tvN drama ‘Psycho but It’s Okay’|last=Lim|first=Jang-won|date=February 7, 2020|website=[[The Korea Herald]]|access-date=March 23, 2020|archive-date=March 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200323110740/http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200207000504|url-status=live}}</ref> At the press conference for the drama he said that he joined the project after being drawn to its title and Moon Gang-tae’s character.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AEN20200610008200315|title=Star actor Kim Soo-hyun ‘waited so long’ for his return to TV|date=June 10, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026130218/http://yna.kr/AEN20200610008200315|url-status=live}}</ref> In the same month, [[Seo Yea-ji]] was confirmed to be cast as Ko Moon-young.<ref name=”cast seo”>{{cite web|last=Yun|first=Seong-yeol|script-title=ko:서예지, 김수현과 로맨스 호흡..’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 캐스팅(공식)|trans-title=Seo Ye-ji, Kim Soo-hyun and romance breathing..’Psycho but it’s okay’ casting (Official)|url=https://star.mt.co.kr/stview.php?no=2020022709390540940|website=Star News|access-date=March 24, 2020|language=ko|date=February 27, 2020|archive-date=June 10, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200610161604/https://star.mt.co.kr/stview.php?no=2020022709390540940|url-status=live}}</ref> In March 2020, veteran actor [[Oh Jung-se]] accepted the role of Moon Sang-tae;<ref name=”cast oh”>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/oh-jung-se-joins-kim-soo-hyun-in-psycho-but-it-s-okay-139230.html|date=March 2, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|title=Oh Jung-se Joins Kim Soo-hyun in “Psycho, But It’s Okay”|access-date=March 23, 2020|archive-date=March 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200323130053/https://www.hancinema.net/oh-jung-se-joins-kim-soo-hyun-in-psycho-but-it-s-okay-139230.html|url-status=live}}</ref> when asked about his character at the press conference, he commented that “autism isn’t an illness, but something you’re born with”.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/oh-jung-se-on-portraying-moon-sang-tae-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-a1027-20200730|first=Retty|last=Contreras|title=Oh Jung Se Opens Up About Playing Moon Sang Tae On ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’|website=[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan]] Philippines|date=July 30, 2020|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=October 1, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201001204901/https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/oh-jung-se-on-portraying-moon-sang-tae-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-a1027-20200730|url-status=live}}</ref>

In the second half of 2019, [[Kim Soo-hyun]] considered ”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” to be his comeback drama following his [[Conscription in South Korea|obligatory military enlistment]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/kim-soo-hyun-considers-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-as-comeback-drama-134653.html|title=Kim Soo-hyun Considers “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” as Comeback Drama|date=October 17, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026180832/https://www.hancinema.net/kim-soo-hyun-considers-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-as-comeback-drama-134653.html|url-status=live}}</ref> and his casting was confirmed by his agency in February 2020.<ref name=”cast kim”>{{cite web|url=http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200207000504|title=Actor Kim Soo-hyun to star in tvN drama ‘Psycho but It’s Okay’|last=Lim|first=Jang-won|date=February 7, 2020|website=[[The Korea Herald]]|access-date=March 23, 2020|archive-date=March 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200323110740/http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200207000504|url-status=live}}</ref> At the press conference for the drama he said that he joined the project after being drawn to its title and Moon Gang-tae’s character.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AEN20200610008200315|title=Star actor Kim Soo-hyun ‘waited so long’ for his return to TV|date=June 10, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=October 23, 2020|archive-date=October 26, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201026130218/http://yna.kr/AEN20200610008200315|url-status=live}}</ref> In the same month, [[Seo Yea-ji]] was confirmed to be cast as Ko Moon-young.<ref name=”cast seo”>{{cite web|last=Yun|first=Seong-yeol|script-title=ko:서예지, 김수현과 로맨스 호흡..’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 캐스팅(공식)|trans-title=Seo Ye-ji, Kim Soo-hyun and romance breathing..’Psycho but it’s okay’ casting (Official)|url=https://star.mt.co.kr/stview.php?no=2020022709390540940|website=Star News|access-date=March 24, 2020|language=ko|date=February 27, 2020|archive-date=June 10, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200610161604/https://star.mt.co.kr/stview.php?no=2020022709390540940|url-status=live}}</ref> In March 2020, veteran actor [[Oh Jung-se]] accepted the role of Moon Sang-tae;<ref name=”cast oh”>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/oh-jung-se-joins-kim-soo-hyun-in-psycho-but-it-s-okay-139230.html|date=March 2, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|title=Oh Jung-se Joins Kim Soo-hyun in “Psycho, But It’s Okay”|access-date=March 23, 2020|archive-date=March 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200323130053/https://www.hancinema.net/oh-jung-se-joins-kim-soo-hyun-in-psycho-but-it-s-okay-139230.html|url-status=live}}</ref> when asked about his character at the press conference, he commented that “autism isn’t an illness, but something you’re born with”.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/oh-jung-se-on-portraying-moon-sang-tae-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-a1027-20200730|first=Retty|last=Contreras|title=Oh Jung Se Opens Up About Playing Moon Sang Tae On ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’|website=[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan]] Philippines|date=July 30, 2020|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=October 1, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201001204901/https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/oh-jung-se-on-portraying-moon-sang-tae-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-a1027-20200730|url-status=live}}</ref>

===Filming===

===Filming===

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”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” [[soundtrack album]] executively written by [[music director]] Nam Hye-seung was digitally released on August 9, 2021.<ref name=”ost”>{{cite web|url=https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/09/2020080900451.html|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ OST 전체음원, 오늘(9일) 공개…헤이즈→이수현까지[공식]|last=Kim|first=Jun-seok|date=August 9, 2020|work=[[The Chosun Ilbo]]|language=ko|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST album released today (9th)… Heize → Lee Su-hyun [Official]|access-date=September 8, 2021|archive-date=September 8, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210908181629/https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/09/2020080900451.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It contains 16 songs (including [[Single (music)|singles]]) and 20 score pieces from the series.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23844204|script-title=ko:36곡 수록한 ‘사이코지만 괜찮아’ O.S.T 앨범 오늘 공개|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST album with 36 songs released today|date=August 9, 2020|access-date=January 14, 2021|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|last=Kim|first=Jin-seok|archive-date=January 15, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210115084841/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23844204|url-status=live}}</ref> It features vocal performances from Janet Suhh, [[Heize]], [[Sam Kim]], Park Won, [[Lee Su-hyun (singer, born 1999)|Lee Su-hyun]], [[Kim Feel]], [[Cheeze (singer)|Cheeze]], [[Yongzoo]] and Elaine.<ref name=”ost”/> Pre-orders for the physical version began on August 5, and was officially released on August 13.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/12/2020081201200.html|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ OST 음반 초도 수량 완판 “일시품절로 추가제작 돌입”[공식]|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST Album First Volume Sold Out “Temporarily out of stock, additional production begins” [Official]|date=August 12, 2020|last=Kang|first=Seo-jung|website=[[The Chosun Ilbo]]|access-date=October 24, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029085334/https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/12/2020081201200.html|url-status=live}}</ref>

”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” [[soundtrack album]] executively written by [[music director]] Nam Hye-seung was digitally released on August 9, 2021.<ref name=”ost”>{{cite web|url=https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/09/2020080900451.html|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ OST 전체음원, 오늘(9일) 공개…헤이즈→이수현까지[공식]|last=Kim|first=Jun-seok|date=August 9, 2020|work=[[The Chosun Ilbo]]|language=ko|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST album released today (9th)… Heize → Lee Su-hyun [Official]|access-date=September 8, 2021|archive-date=September 8, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210908181629/https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/09/2020080900451.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It contains 16 songs (including [[Single (music)|singles]]) and 20 score pieces from the series.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23844204|script-title=ko:36곡 수록한 ‘사이코지만 괜찮아’ O.S.T 앨범 오늘 공개|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST album with 36 songs released today|date=August 9, 2020|access-date=January 14, 2021|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|last=Kim|first=Jin-seok|archive-date=January 15, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210115084841/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23844204|url-status=live}}</ref> It features vocal performances from Janet Suhh, [[Heize]], [[Sam Kim]], Park Won, [[Lee Su-hyun (singer, born 1999)|Lee Su-hyun]], [[Kim Feel]], [[Cheeze (singer)|Cheeze]], [[Yongzoo]] and Elaine.<ref name=”ost”/> Pre-orders for the physical version began on August 5, and was officially released on August 13.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/12/2020081201200.html|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ OST 음반 초도 수량 완판 “일시품절로 추가제작 돌입”[공식]|trans-title=”Psycho But It”s Okay’ OST Album First Volume Sold Out “Temporarily out of stock, additional production begins” [Official]|date=August 12, 2020|last=Kang|first=Seo-jung|website=[[The Chosun Ilbo]]|access-date=October 24, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029085334/https://www.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2020/08/12/2020081201200.html|url-status=live}}</ref>

The physical version debuted at number fourteen on the weekly [[Gaon Album Chart]] for the week ending August 15,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=33&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|script-title=ko:2020년 33주차 Album Chart|trans-title=2020 Week 33 Album Chart|work=[[Gaon Music Chart]]|access-date=January 14, 2021|language=ko|date=August 9–15, 2020|archive-date=September 18, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200918135941/http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=33&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|url-status=live}}</ref> and peaked at number ten the following week.<ref name=”chart1″>{{cite web|url=http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=34&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|script-title=ko:2020년 34주차 Album Chart|trans-title=2020 Week 34 Album Chart|work=[[Gaon Music Chart]]|access-date=January 14, 2021|language=ko|date=August 16–22, 2020|archive-date=January 7, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210107161919/http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=34&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|url-status=live}}</ref>

The physical version debuted at number fourteen on the weekly [[Gaon Album Chart]] for the week ending August 15,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=33&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|script-title=ko:2020년 33주차 Album Chart|trans-title=2020 Week 33 Album Chart|work=[[Gaon Music Chart]]|access-date=January 14, 2021|language=ko|date=August 9–15, 2020|archive-date=September 18, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200918135941/http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=33&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|url-status=live}}</ref> and peaked at number ten the following week.<ref name=”chart1″>{{cite web|url=http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=34&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|script-title=ko:2020년 34주차 Album Chart|trans-title=2020 Week 34 Album Chart|work=[[Gaon Music Chart]]|access-date=January 14, 2021|language=ko|date=August 16–22, 2020|archive-date=January 7, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210107161919/http://gaonchart.co.kr/main/section/chart/album.gaon?nationGbn=T&serviceGbn=&targetTime=34&hitYear=2020&termGbn=week|url-status=live}}</ref>

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===Commercial performance===

According to the [[big data]] analytics firm Good Data Corporation,{{efn|A TV analysis agency, analyzing [[netizen]]s’ reactions from news articles, blogs/communities, videos and SNS.<ref name=”gd”/>}} ”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” was the most talked about drama online in South Korea for eight consecutive weeks.<ref name=”gd”>{{Cite web|date=August 6, 2020|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Tops Charts in Popularity for 7 Weeks in a Row|url=https://www.hancinema.net/it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-charts-in-popularity-for-7-weeks-in-a-row-143920.html|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029160534/https://www.hancinema.net/it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-charts-in-popularity-for-7-weeks-in-a-row-143920.html|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-good-data-report-for-eighth-week-144111.html|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Tops Good Data Report for Eighth Week|website=[[HanCinema]]|date=August 12, 2020|access-date=January 16, 2021|archive-date=January 21, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210121021344/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-good-data-report-for-eighth-week-144111.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It became a hot topic on social media when Oh spent a day with an autistic fan.<ref>{{cite web|date=July 26, 2020|title=Good deed done|url=https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/television/Oh-Jungse-Bae-Boumjun-autism/20200726174300434.html|access-date=September 23, 2020|website=[[Korea JoongAng Daily]]|archive-date=August 31, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200831204728/https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/television/Oh-Jungse-Bae-Boumjun-autism/20200726174300434.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It also topped [[CJ E&M]] and AGB [[Nielsen Media Research]]’s Content Power Index (CPI){{efn|The CPI is a weekly-based measurement of every television program in South Korea developed by CJ E&M and research firm Nielsen Korea. Unlike existing viewers’ ratings indexes that measure the number of television viewers using their home TV sets, the CPI monitors more detailed variables, including numbers of mobile and Internet streaming viewers and online “buzz” in social media.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=170604|title=”My Love from the Star” named top television program of 2014|last=Baek|first=Byung-yeul|date=December 26, 2014|access-date=January 16, 2021|website=[[The Korea Times]]|archive-date=December 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201230225209/https://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=170604|url-status=live}}</ref>}} report during its eight-week run<ref>{{Cite news|last=Schwartz|first=William|date=July 13, 2020|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” tops Content Power Index for second straight week|website=[[HanCinema]]|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-content-power-index-for-second-straight-week-143169.html|access-date=September 20, 2020|archive-date=October 16, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201016095707/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-content-power-index-for-second-straight-week-143169.html|url-status=live}}<br />{{Cite web|last=Lee|first=Jung-Hyun|date=August 4, 2020|title=[시청자가 찜한 TV] 뉴페이스 없는 각축전 지속|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200803142400005|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172805/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200803142400005|url-status=live}}<br />{{cite web|last=Schwartz|first=William|date=July 31, 2020|title=HanCinema’s News “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Leads on Many Non-standard Metrics|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-leads-on-many-non-standard-metrics-143741.html|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|archive-date=October 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201030033551/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-leads-on-many-non-standard-metrics-143741.html|url-status=live}}</ref> with its highest CPI of 373.2 in the first week of August;<ref>{{Cite news|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|date=August 19, 2020|title=[시청자가 찜한 TV] 쫄깃한 부부 탐색전…’악의 꽃’ 8위|language=ko|website=[[Yonhap]]|url=https://m.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200818130400005?section=search|access-date=October 26, 2020|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029230508/https://m.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200818130400005?section=search|url-status=live}}</ref> it was the highest rated tvN drama of 2020 in CPI.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/112/0003383668|title=”사랑의 불시착”, 2020년 tvN 드라마 최고 시청률..20대 픽=’슬기로운 의사생활’|language=ko|date=December 31, 2020|access-date=January 16, 2021|last=Kim|first=Ji-hye|work=[[The Korea Herald|Herald POP]]|via=[[Naver]]|archive-date=January 23, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210123002725/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/112/0003383668|url-status=live}}</ref> Smart Media Rep (SMR), which distributes [[Video on demand|VoD]] (video on demand) clips of major broadcasters to online platforms like Naver and YouTube, reported the drama had over 110 million cumulative views as of December 10, 2020.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20201209112600005|script-title=ko:[클립트렌드] ‘부부의 세계’ 2억2천만뷰…2020년 최고 드라마|trans-title=[Clip Trend]’Couple’s World’ 220 million views…Best Dramas of 2020|date=December 10, 2020|access-date=December 12, 2020|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|work=[[Yonhap]]|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172806/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20201209112600005|url-status=live}}</ref> An analysis performed by SMR found that the majority of viewers were in their 20s.<ref>{{cite web|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|date=July 2, 2020|script-title=ko:[클립트렌드] ‘끝판왕’ 김수현의 ‘사이코지만…’ 1천800만뷰|trans-title=[Clip Trend] ‘The King of End Plates’ Kim Soo-hyun’s ‘Psycho but…’ 18 million views|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200701070100005?site=popup_share_copy|access-date=October 18, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172807/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200701070100005?site=popup_share_copy|url-status=live}}</ref>

According to the [[big data]] analytics firm Good Data Corporation,{{efn|A TV analysis agency, analyzing [[netizen]]s’ reactions from news articles, blogs/communities, videos and SNS.<ref name=”gd”/>}} ”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” was the most talked about drama online in South Korea for eight consecutive weeks.<ref name=”gd”>{{Cite web|date=August 6, 2020|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Tops Charts in Popularity for 7 Weeks in a Row|url=https://www.hancinema.net/it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-charts-in-popularity-for-7-weeks-in-a-row-143920.html|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029160534/https://www.hancinema.net/it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-charts-in-popularity-for-7-weeks-in-a-row-143920.html|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-good-data-report-for-eighth-week-144111.html|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Tops Good Data Report for Eighth Week|website=[[HanCinema]]|date=August 12, 2020|access-date=January 16, 2021|archive-date=January 21, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210121021344/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-good-data-report-for-eighth-week-144111.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It became a hot topic on social media when Oh spent a day with an autistic fan.<ref>{{cite web|date=July 26, 2020|title=Good deed done|url=https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/television/Oh-Jungse-Bae-Boumjun-autism/20200726174300434.html|access-date=September 23, 2020|website=[[Korea JoongAng Daily]]|archive-date=August 31, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200831204728/https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/07/26/entertainment/television/Oh-Jungse-Bae-Boumjun-autism/20200726174300434.html|url-status=live}}</ref> It also topped [[CJ E&M]] and AGB [[Nielsen Media Research]]’s Content Power Index (CPI){{efn|The CPI is a weekly-based measurement of every television program in South Korea developed by CJ E&M and research firm Nielsen Korea. Unlike existing viewers’ ratings indexes that measure the number of television viewers using their home TV sets, the CPI monitors more detailed variables, including numbers of mobile and Internet streaming viewers and online “buzz” in social media.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=170604|title=”My Love from the Star” named top television program of 2014|last=Baek|first=Byung-yeul|date=December 26, 2014|access-date=January 16, 2021|website=[[The Korea Times]]|archive-date=December 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201230225209/https://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=170604|url-status=live}}</ref>}} report during its eight-week run<ref>{{Cite news|last=Schwartz|first=William|date=July 13, 2020|title=”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” tops Content Power Index for second straight week|website=[[HanCinema]]|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-content-power-index-for-second-straight-week-143169.html|access-date=September 20, 2020|archive-date=October 16, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201016095707/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-tops-content-power-index-for-second-straight-week-143169.html|url-status=live}}<br />{{Cite web|last=Lee|first=Jung-Hyun|date=August 4, 2020|title=[시청자가 찜한 TV] 뉴페이스 없는 각축전 지속|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200803142400005|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172805/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200803142400005|url-status=live}}<br />{{cite web|last=Schwartz|first=William|date=July 31, 2020|title=HanCinema’s News “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” Leads on Many Non-standard Metrics|url=https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-leads-on-many-non-standard-metrics-143741.html|access-date=October 26, 2020|website=[[HanCinema]]|archive-date=October 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201030033551/https://www.hancinema.net/hancinema-s-news-it-s-okay-to-not-be-okay-leads-on-many-non-standard-metrics-143741.html|url-status=live}}</ref> with its highest CPI of 373.2 in the first week of August;<ref>{{Cite news|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|date=August 19, 2020|title=[시청자가 찜한 TV] 쫄깃한 부부 탐색전…’악의 꽃’ 8위|language=ko|website=[[Yonhap]]|url=https://m.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200818130400005?section=search|access-date=October 26, 2020|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029230508/https://m.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200818130400005?section=search|url-status=live}}</ref> it was the highest rated tvN drama of 2020 in CPI.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/112/0003383668|title=”사랑의 불시착”, 2020년 tvN 드라마 최고 시청률..20대 픽=’슬기로운 의사생활’|language=ko|date=December 31, 2020|access-date=January 16, 2021|last=Kim|first=Ji-hye|work=[[The Korea Herald|Herald POP]]|via=[[Naver]]|archive-date=January 23, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210123002725/https://n.news.naver.com/entertain/article/112/0003383668|url-status=live}}</ref> Smart Media Rep (SMR), which distributes [[Video on demand|VoD]] (video on demand) clips of major broadcasters to online platforms like Naver and YouTube, reported the drama had over 110 million cumulative views as of December 10, 2020.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20201209112600005|script-title=ko:[클립트렌드] ‘부부의 세계’ 2억2천만뷰…2020년 최고 드라마|trans-title=[Clip Trend]’Couple’s World’ 220 million views…Best Dramas of 2020|date=December 10, 2020|access-date=December 12, 2020|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|work=[[Yonhap]]|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172806/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20201209112600005|url-status=live}}</ref> An analysis performed by SMR found that the majority of viewers were in their 20s.<ref>{{cite web|last=Lee|first=Jung-hyun|date=July 2, 2020|script-title=ko:[클립트렌드] ‘끝판왕’ 김수현의 ‘사이코지만…’ 1천800만뷰|trans-title=[Clip Trend] ‘The King of End Plates’ Kim Soo-hyun’s ‘Psycho but…’ 18 million views|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200701070100005?site=popup_share_copy|access-date=October 18, 2020|website=[[Yonhap]]|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172807/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200701070100005?site=popup_share_copy|url-status=live}}</ref>

[[Studio Dragon]] recorded its highest quarterly performance in the second quarter of 2020 with sales of {{KRW|141.4 billion}}, which was attributed to the growth of overseas sales of major dramas including ”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.”<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200806122151527|script-title=ko:스튜디오드래곤 2분기 매출액 1천614억…역대 최고(종합)|trans-title=Studio Dragon’s second quarter sales of 141.4 billion…Best of all time (total)|date=August 6, 2020|last=Lee|first=Jeong-Hyun|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=October 26, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172808/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200806122151527|url-status=live}}</ref> [[CJ ENM]], parent company of tvN, found that operating profits for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 17.9% when compared to the same period of 2019, due to an increase in digital-related sales as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20201105137951527|script-title=ko:CJ ENM, 3분기 영업이익 710억원…17.9% 증가(종합)|trans-title=CJ ENM, 3Q operating profit of 71 billion won…17.9% increase (total)|date=November 5, 2020|last=Kim|first=Jeong-jin|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=December 12, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173330/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20201105137951527|url-status=live}}</ref> Following the popularity of the drama, the outfits worn by Seo Yea-ji garnered attention<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.harpersbazaar.co.kr/article/49353|title=Seo Ye-ji resembles the strong beauty of camellia flowers blooming in winter|date=October 11, 2020|access-date=October 18, 2020|website=[[Harper’s Bazaar]]|language=ko|archive-date=October 19, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201019150434/https://www.harpersbazaar.co.kr/article/49353|url-status=live}}</ref> and raised the profile of Korean fashion designers and brands of earrings, handbag and nightwear.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://amp.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3101802/how-netflixs-its-okay-not-be-okay-k-drama-star-seo-ye-ji|title=How Netflix’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay K-drama star Seo Ye-ji made luxury Korean fashion brands like Minju Kim, Subyul and Eenk famous – check out the amazing outfits she wore on the show|date=September 17, 2020|website=[[South China Morning Post]]|access-date=October 18, 2020|last=Toh|first=Jaimelynne|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173331/https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3101802/how-netflixs-its-okay-not-be-okay-k-drama-star-seo-ye-ji|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.donga.com/news/article/all/20200721/102083036/2|script-title=ko:서예지 스타일링에 아시아 팬들 시선 집중|trans-title=Asian fans focus on styling Seo Yeji|date=July 21, 2020|website=[[The Dong-a Ilbo]]|access-date=October 26, 2020|last=Park|first=Hae-sik|language=ko|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029074240/https://www.donga.com/news/article/all/20200721/102083036/2|url-status=live}}</ref> When the soft toys, nightmare doll (Mang-tae) and dinosaur doll that were used in the drama were put on sale, the site quickly sold out.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hankyung.com/entertainment/article/202007246708I|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 속 ‘악몽 인형’ 공식 굿즈 출시|trans-title=Released official goods for ‘Nightmare Doll’ in ‘It’s a psycho but it’s okay|date=July 24, 2020|access-date=October 26, 2020|language=ko|website=[[Korea Economic Daily|Hankyung]]|archive-date=May 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210510182341/https://www.hankyung.com/entertainment/article/202007246708I|url-status=live}}</ref>

[[Studio Dragon]] recorded its highest quarterly performance in the second quarter of 2020 with sales of {{KRW|141.4 billion}}, which was attributed to the growth of overseas sales of major dramas including ”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.”<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20200806122151527|script-title=ko:스튜디오드래곤 2분기 매출액 1천614억…역대 최고(종합)|trans-title=Studio Dragon’s second quarter sales of 141.4 billion…Best of all time (total)|date=August 6, 2020|last=Lee|first=Jeong-Hyun|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=October 26, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118172808/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20200806122151527|url-status=live}}</ref> [[CJ ENM]], parent company of tvN, found that operating profits for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 17.9% when compared to the same period of 2019, due to an increase in digital-related sales as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://yna.kr/AKR20201105137951527|script-title=ko:CJ ENM, 3분기 영업이익 710억원…17.9% 증가(종합)|trans-title=CJ ENM, 3Q operating profit of 71 billion won…17.9% increase (total)|date=November 5, 2020|last=Kim|first=Jeong-jin|website=[[Yonhap]]|access-date=December 12, 2020|language=ko|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173330/https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20201105137951527|url-status=live}}</ref> Following the popularity of the drama, the outfits worn by Seo Yea-ji garnered attention<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.harpersbazaar.co.kr/article/49353|title=Seo Ye-ji resembles the strong beauty of camellia flowers blooming in winter|date=October 11, 2020|access-date=October 18, 2020|website=[[Harper’s Bazaar]]|language=ko|archive-date=October 19, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201019150434/https://www.harpersbazaar.co.kr/article/49353|url-status=live}}</ref> and raised the profile of Korean fashion designers and brands of earrings, handbag and nightwear.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://amp.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3101802/how-netflixs-its-okay-not-be-okay-k-drama-star-seo-ye-ji|title=How Netflix’s It’s Okay to Not Be Okay K-drama star Seo Ye-ji made luxury Korean fashion brands like Minju Kim, Subyul and Eenk famous – check out the amazing outfits she wore on the show|date=September 17, 2020|website=[[South China Morning Post]]|access-date=October 18, 2020|last=Toh|first=Jaimelynne|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173331/https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3101802/how-netflixs-its-okay-not-be-okay-k-drama-star-seo-ye-ji|url-status=live}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.donga.com/news/article/all/20200721/102083036/2|script-title=ko:서예지 스타일링에 아시아 팬들 시선 집중|trans-title=Asian fans focus on styling Seo Yeji|date=July 21, 2020|website=[[The Dong-a Ilbo]]|access-date=October 26, 2020|last=Park|first=Hae-sik|language=ko|archive-date=October 29, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201029074240/https://www.donga.com/news/article/all/20200721/102083036/2|url-status=live}}</ref> When the soft toys, nightmare doll (Mang-tae) and dinosaur doll that were used in the drama were put on sale, the site quickly sold out.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.hankyung.com/entertainment/article/202007246708I|script-title=ko:’사이코지만 괜찮아’ 속 ‘악몽 인형’ 공식 굿즈 출시|trans-title=Released official goods for ‘Nightmare Doll’ in ‘It’s a psycho but it’s okay|date=July 24, 2020|access-date=October 26, 2020|language=ko|website=[[Korea Economic Daily|Hankyung]]|archive-date=May 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210510182341/https://www.hankyung.com/entertainment/article/202007246708I|url-status=live}}</ref>

===Critical response===

===Critical response===

<!– THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS BASED ON ALL THE CITED SOURCES IN THIS SECTION –>”[https://isitok.net/ It’s Okay] to Not Be Okay” largely received positive critical feedback, primarily for its unique premise, visual storytelling, acting by the cast and importance given to mental health.<ref name=”geek”>{{cite web|url=https://www.thereviewgeek.com/itsokaytonotbeokay-s1review/|title=It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Full Season 1 Review|last=Englebert|first=Veronique|date=August 17, 2020|work=The Review Geek|access-date=October 26, 2020|archive-date=October 28, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201028211535/https://www.thereviewgeek.com/itsokaytonotbeokay-s1review/|url-status=live}}</ref> Joan MacDonald of ”[[Forbes]]” called it “the most visually appealing drama of 2020” and said, “Not only are the actors beautiful, but the drama’s graphics, cinematography and costumes are also gorgeous.”<ref name=”Forbes”>{{cite web|url=https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmacdonald/2020/12/11/the-13-best-korean-dramas-of-2020/?sh=2738d9a847f7|title=The 13 Best Korean Dramas Of 2020|date=December 11, 2020|access-date=December 12, 2020|last=MacDonald|first=Joan|work=[[Forbes]]|archive-date=April 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210410024102/https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmacdonald/2020/12/11/the-13-best-korean-dramas-of-2020/?sh=2738d9a847f7|url-status=live}}</ref> Contributors to ”[[Manila Bulletin]]” considered it “unafraid to introduce fresh elements” with necessary clichés in a romantic K-drama, and praised Moon-young as a “headstrong” and “independent woman”.<ref name=”mbulletin”>{{Cite web|date=August 11, 2020|first1=Jordan|last1=Tan|first2=Abigail|last2=Villafuerte|first3=Wendy|last3=Chen|title=Why it’s okay not to (always) be okay|url=https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/11/why-its-okay-not-to-always-be-okay/|access-date=September 21, 2020|newspaper=[[Manila Bulletin]]|archive-date=November 30, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20211130225856/https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/11/why-its-okay-not-to-always-be-okay/|url-status=live}}</ref> However, when the series debuted, culture critic Chung Deok-hyun was concerned that Moon-young’s “exaggerated words and actions” could decrease viewers’ immersion in the drama.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23807802|script-title=ko:”공주는 무조건 착하다고 누가 그래?” 서예지의 싸늘함에 꽂혔다|trans-title=”Who says that a princess is unconditionally good?” I was stuck in the coolness of Seo Yeji|date=June 23, 2020|last=Yoo|first=Seong-woon|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 25, 2020|archive-date=June 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200623144228/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23807802|url-status=live}}</ref> In the Filipino version of ”[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan]],” Jacinda A. Lopez found that the “messages the drama was relaying are where the beauty truly lies”.<ref name=”cosmopolitan”>{{Cite web|date=August 15, 2020|first=Jacinda A.|last=Lopez|title=An Honest Review Of ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’|url=https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/honest-review-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-a483-20200815-lfrm|access-date=September 21, 2020|work=[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan Philippines]]|language=en|archive-date=October 25, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201025020108/https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/honest-review-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-a483-20200815-lfrm|url-status=live}}</ref> Rumaiysa M Rahman of ”[[Prothom Alo]]” praised writing that “this drama makes people realise, societies should stop looking at those who seem different.”<ref name=”prothomalo”>{{cite web|title=Is it really okay to not be okay?|date=September 4, 2020|url=https://en.prothomalo.com/entertainment/is-it-really-okay-to-not-be-okay|newspaper=[[Prothom Alo]] English|first=Rumaiysa M|last=Rahman|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=October 1, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201001203527/https://en.prothomalo.com/entertainment/is-it-really-okay-to-not-be-okay|url-status=live}}</ref>

<!– THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS BASED ON ALL THE CITED SOURCES IN THIS SECTION –>”It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” largely received positive critical feedback, primarily for its unique premise, visual storytelling, acting by the cast and importance given to mental health.<ref name=”geek”>{{cite web|url=https://www.thereviewgeek.com/itsokaytonotbeokay-s1review/|title=It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Full Season 1 Review|last=Englebert|first=Veronique|date=August 17, 2020|work=The Review Geek|access-date=October 26, 2020|archive-date=October 28, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201028211535/https://www.thereviewgeek.com/itsokaytonotbeokay-s1review/|url-status=live}}</ref> Joan MacDonald of ”[[Forbes]]” called it “the most visually appealing drama of 2020” and said, “Not only are the actors beautiful, but the drama’s graphics, cinematography and costumes are also gorgeous.”<ref name=”Forbes”>{{cite web|url=https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmacdonald/2020/12/11/the-13-best-korean-dramas-of-2020/?sh=2738d9a847f7|title=The 13 Best Korean Dramas Of 2020|date=December 11, 2020|access-date=December 12, 2020|last=MacDonald|first=Joan|work=[[Forbes]]|archive-date=April 10, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210410024102/https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmacdonald/2020/12/11/the-13-best-korean-dramas-of-2020/?sh=2738d9a847f7|url-status=live}}</ref> Contributors to ”[[Manila Bulletin]]” considered it “unafraid to introduce fresh elements” with necessary clichés in a romantic K-drama, and praised Moon-young as a “headstrong” and “independent woman”.<ref name=”mbulletin”>{{Cite web|date=August 11, 2020|first1=Jordan|last1=Tan|first2=Abigail|last2=Villafuerte|first3=Wendy|last3=Chen|title=Why it’s okay not to (always) be okay|url=https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/11/why-its-okay-not-to-always-be-okay/|access-date=September 21, 2020|newspaper=[[Manila Bulletin]]|archive-date=November 30, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20211130225856/https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/11/why-its-okay-not-to-always-be-okay/|url-status=live}}</ref> However, when the series debuted, culture critic Chung Deok-hyun was concerned that Moon-young’s “exaggerated words and actions” could decrease viewers’ immersion in the drama.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://mnews.joins.com/article/23807802|script-title=ko:”공주는 무조건 착하다고 누가 그래?” 서예지의 싸늘함에 꽂혔다|trans-title=”Who says that a princess is unconditionally good?” I was stuck in the coolness of Seo Yeji|date=June 23, 2020|last=Yoo|first=Seong-woon|website=[[JoongAng Ilbo]]|language=ko|access-date=October 25, 2020|archive-date=June 23, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20200623144228/https://mnews.joins.com/article/23807802|url-status=live}}</ref> In the Filipino version of ”[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan]],” Jacinda A. Lopez found that the “messages the drama was relaying are where the beauty truly lies”.<ref name=”cosmopolitan”>{{Cite web|date=August 15, 2020|first=Jacinda A.|last=Lopez|title=An Honest Review Of ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’|url=https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/honest-review-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-a483-20200815-lfrm|access-date=September 21, 2020|work=[[Cosmopolitan (magazine)|Cosmopolitan Philippines]]|language=en|archive-date=October 25, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201025020108/https://www.cosmo.ph/entertainment/honest-review-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-a483-20200815-lfrm|url-status=live}}</ref> Rumaiysa M Rahman of ”[[Prothom Alo]]” praised writing that “this drama makes people realise, societies should stop looking at those who seem different.”<ref name=”prothomalo”>{{cite web|title=Is it really okay to not be okay?|date=September 4, 2020|url=https://en.prothomalo.com/entertainment/is-it-really-okay-to-not-be-okay|newspaper=[[Prothom Alo]] English|first=Rumaiysa M|last=Rahman|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=October 1, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201001203527/https://en.prothomalo.com/entertainment/is-it-really-okay-to-not-be-okay|url-status=live}}</ref>

John Lui and Jan Lee of ”[[The Straits Times]]” gave the drama a rating of 3.5/5 stars and said that Kim “pull[ed] off a sensitive portrayal of a young man whose life has been derailed by tragedy”.<ref name=”straits”>{{cite web|title=Film and TV picks: Train To Busan: Peninsula, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Singapore French Summer Festival|last1=Lui|first1=John|first2=Jan|last2=Lee|date=July 16, 2020|url=https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/film-and-tv-picks-train-to-busan-peninsula-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-singapore|access-date=September 23, 2020|newspaper=[[The Straits Times]]|archive-date=October 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201030085920/https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/film-and-tv-picks-train-to-busan-peninsula-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-singapore|url-status=live}}</ref> ”[[The New York Times]]”’ Mike Hale called Seo’s performance “mesmerizing” and made the drama work.<ref name=”nytimes” /> S. Poorvaja of ”[[The Hindu]]”, praised Moon-Young as a character “excellently played by Seo Yea-ji”, but criticized the writing, saying that “the show could have gone into more nuance – especially after the character was marketed as someone having [[Antisocial personality disorder|Anti-Social Personality disorder]]”. Poorvaja also said that the show’s portrayal of a person with autism spectrum disorder was good, commenting that “Oh Jung-se’s Moon Sang-tae is perhaps the show’s biggest victory.”<ref name=”thehindu1″>{{Cite news|last=Poorvaja|first=S.|date=July 18, 2020|title=”It”s Okay to Not Be Okay’ review: K-drama revels in its nuanced writing and strong performances|language=en-IN|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|url=https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-review-k-drama-revels-in-its-nuanced-writing-and-strong-performances/article32124165.ece|access-date=August 21, 2020|issn=0971-751X|archive-date=November 22, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201122203239/https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-review-k-drama-revels-in-its-nuanced-writing-and-strong-performances/article32124165.ece|url-status=live}}</ref><ref name=”thehindu2″>{{Cite news|last=Poorvaja|first=S.|date=August 14, 2020|title=”It”s Okay to Not Be Okay’ Part 2 review: A fitting finale to the acclaimed K-drama|language=en-IN|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|url=https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-part-2-review-a-fitting-finale-to-the-acclaimed-k-drama/article32352970.ece/amp/|access-date=September 21, 2020|archive-date=September 23, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210923210514/https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-part-2-review-a-fitting-finale-to-the-acclaimed-k-drama/article32352970.ece/amp/|url-status=live}}</ref> Edmund Lee from ”[[South China Morning Post]]” gave a rating of 3/5 stars, pointing out that the series would disappoint “detective fiction fans” because of the limited explanation of mystery surrounding the murder.<ref name=”SCMP”>{{cite web|title=K-drama review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji find love despite traumas in Netflix’s fairy tale romance|date=August 11, 2020|url=https://amp.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3096950/k-drama-review-its-okay-not-be-okay-kim-soo-hyun-seo-ye-ji|newspaper=[[South China Morning Post]]|first=Edmund|last=Lee|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173331/https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3096950/k-drama-review-its-okay-not-be-okay-kim-soo-hyun-seo-ye-ji|url-status=live}}</ref> Kim Jae-Ha of ”[[Teen Vogue]]” described the storyline as “vigorous” and said, “The series finale offers hope and a sense of peace. But it will also make even the most stoic viewers tear up.”<ref name=”tvogue”>{{Cite web|last=Kim|first=Jae-Ha|title=11 Best K-Dramas of 2020|url=https://www.teenvogue.com/story/best-k-dramas-2020|date=December 15, 2020|access-date=December 16, 2020|work=[[Teen Vogue]]|archive-date=January 29, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210129014349/https://www.teenvogue.com/story/best-k-dramas-2020|url-status=live}}</ref>

John Lui and Jan Lee of ”[[The Straits Times]]” gave the drama a rating of 3.5/5 stars and said that Kim “pull[ed] off a sensitive portrayal of a young man whose life has been derailed by tragedy”.<ref name=”straits”>{{cite web|title=Film and TV picks: Train To Busan: Peninsula, It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, Singapore French Summer Festival|last1=Lui|first1=John|first2=Jan|last2=Lee|date=July 16, 2020|url=https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/film-and-tv-picks-train-to-busan-peninsula-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-singapore|access-date=September 23, 2020|newspaper=[[The Straits Times]]|archive-date=October 30, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201030085920/https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/film-and-tv-picks-train-to-busan-peninsula-its-okay-to-not-be-okay-singapore|url-status=live}}</ref> ”[[The New York Times]]”’ Mike Hale called Seo’s performance “mesmerizing” and made the drama work.<ref name=”nytimes” /> S. Poorvaja of ”[[The Hindu]]”, praised Moon-Young as a character “excellently played by Seo Yea-ji”, but criticized the writing, saying that “the show could have gone into more nuance – especially after the character was marketed as someone having [[Antisocial personality disorder|Anti-Social Personality disorder]]”. Poorvaja also said that the show’s portrayal of a person with autism spectrum disorder was good, commenting that “Oh Jung-se’s Moon Sang-tae is perhaps the show’s biggest victory.”<ref name=”thehindu1″>{{Cite news|last=Poorvaja|first=S.|date=July 18, 2020|title=”It”s Okay to Not Be Okay’ review: K-drama revels in its nuanced writing and strong performances|language=en-IN|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|url=https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-review-k-drama-revels-in-its-nuanced-writing-and-strong-performances/article32124165.ece|access-date=August 21, 2020|issn=0971-751X|archive-date=November 22, 2020|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20201122203239/https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-review-k-drama-revels-in-its-nuanced-writing-and-strong-performances/article32124165.ece|url-status=live}}</ref><ref name=”thehindu2″>{{Cite news|last=Poorvaja|first=S.|date=August 14, 2020|title=”It”s Okay to Not Be Okay’ Part 2 review: A fitting finale to the acclaimed K-drama|language=en-IN|newspaper=[[The Hindu]]|url=https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-part-2-review-a-fitting-finale-to-the-acclaimed-k-drama/article32352970.ece/amp/|access-date=September 21, 2020|archive-date=September 23, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210923210514/https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/its-okay-to-not-be-okay-part-2-review-a-fitting-finale-to-the-acclaimed-k-drama/article32352970.ece/amp/|url-status=live}}</ref> Edmund Lee from ”[[South China Morning Post]]” gave a rating of 3/5 stars, pointing out that the series would disappoint “detective fiction fans” because of the limited explanation of mystery surrounding the murder.<ref name=”SCMP”>{{cite web|title=K-drama review: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay – Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Ye-ji find love despite traumas in Netflix’s fairy tale romance|date=August 11, 2020|url=https://amp.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3096950/k-drama-review-its-okay-not-be-okay-kim-soo-hyun-seo-ye-ji|newspaper=[[South China Morning Post]]|first=Edmund|last=Lee|access-date=September 23, 2020|archive-date=January 18, 2023|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20230118173331/https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/entertainment/article/3096950/k-drama-review-its-okay-not-be-okay-kim-soo-hyun-seo-ye-ji|url-status=live}}</ref> Kim Jae-Ha of ”[[Teen Vogue]]” described the storyline as “vigorous” and said, “The series finale offers hope and a sense of peace. But it will also make even the most stoic viewers tear up.”<ref name=”tvogue”>{{Cite web|last=Kim|first=Jae-Ha|title=11 Best K-Dramas of 2020|url=https://www.teenvogue.com/story/best-k-dramas-2020|date=December 15, 2020|access-date=December 16, 2020|work=[[Teen Vogue]]|archive-date=January 29, 2021|archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20210129014349/https://www.teenvogue.com/story/best-k-dramas-2020|url-status=live}}</ref>

2020 South Korean television series

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Korean: 사이코지만 괜찮아) is a 2020 South Korean television series written by Jo Yong, directed by Park Shin-woo, and starring Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji, Oh Jung-se and Park Gyu-young. The series follows Ko Moon-young, an antisocial children’s book writer who moves to her hometown to pursue her love interest Moon Gang-tae, a psych ward caretaker, who has dedicated his life for taking care of his autistic older brother Moon Sang-tae. It aired on tvN from June 20 to August 9, 2020, every Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 (KST). It is also available for streaming on Netflix in selected regions.[1]
According to Nielsen Korea, it recorded an average nationwide TV viewership rating of 5.4%. It was the most popular show of 2020 in the romance genre on Netflix in South Korea.[2] Critical response were primarily positive; some commentators criticized the writing in the latter half of the series but praised the acting by the cast.
The New York Times named It’s Okay to Not Be Okay one of “The Best International Shows of 2020”.[3] At the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards, it received eight nominations with two wins (Best Supporting Actor – Television and Technical Award for costume design). It received a nomination at the 49th International Emmy Awards in the Best TV Movie or Miniseries categories.

Moon Gang-tae lives with his older brother Moon Sang-tae who is autistic. They frequently move from town to town ever since Sang-tae witnessed their mother’s murder. Gang-Tae works as a caregiver in a psychiatric ward at every place they settle in. While working in a hospital, he meets a famous children’s book writer, Ko Moon-young, who is rumored to have antisocial personality disorder.
Circumstances lead Gang-tae to work at the OK Psychiatric Hospital in the fictional Seongjin City, the same city where they all lived when they were young. Meanwhile, Moon-young forms a romantic obsession for Gang-tae after finding out that their pasts overlap. She follows him to Seongjin, where the trio (including Sang-tae) slowly begins to heal each other’s emotional wounds. They unravel many secrets, seek comfort from each other and move forward in their lives.

Cast members[edit]
Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji and Oh Jung-se at a promotional interview.
Main[edit]

An orphaned caregiver working at OK Psychiatric Hospital. While he is empathetic to everyone around him, he struggles with self-esteem as a result of his past experiences and avoids having close relationships with anyone other than his older brother.

A popular children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder. She had a troubled childhood and a turbulent relationship with her parents. She develops a romantic obsession over Gang-tae after a coincidental encounter and often goes to extreme lengths to get his attention.

Moon Gang-tae’s older brother, who is autistic. He is a fan of Moon-young, as well as an aspiring illustrator. He was the sole witness of his mother’s murder, which resulted in his irrational fear of butterflies, as they reminded him of this traumatic experience. His fear develops into nightmares every spring, and forces Gang-tae to move towns with him in order to “run away from the butterflies”.

A nurse and Gang-tae’s co-worker at OK Psychiatric Hospital. She has an unrequited crush on Gang-tae, and is shown to be shy and easily jealous of others who are close with her romantic interests. She dislikes Moon-young, with whom she had a brief friendship in elementary school.
Supporting[edit]
SangsangESang Publishing Company[edit]

The CEO of SangsangESang Publishing Company, which publishes Moon-young’s children’s books.

The art director at SangsangESang Publishing Company who assists Sang-in.
OK Psychiatric Hospital Officials[edit]

The director of OK Psychiatric Hospital. Despite his use of unconventional methods, he genuinely cares about his patients and often succeeds at helping them get better.

A skilled chef at the hospital and Ju-ri’s mother.

The head nurse of the hospital.

A nurse with three years of experience who is Ju-ri’s co-worker and friend.
Seo Joon as Kwon Min-seok
A psychiatrist at the hospital.

A young and careless caregiver who often sleeps at work. He is the son of hospital director Oh Ji-wang.
OK Psychiatric Hospital Patients[edit]

Moon-young’s father, who is a patient at the hospital. He suffers from dementia and is bedbound. He was an architect who designed the Ko’s family house, which is nicknamed the “Cursed Castle” after his wife Do Hui-jae’s disappearance.

A kind-hearted yet troubled Vietnam War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A patient content with life who was originally admitted to the hospital for alcoholism. He is the boyfriend of Lee Ah-reum.

A shy patient who was admitted for anxiety after escaping from her abusive ex-husband. She is the girlfriend of Joo Jeong-tae.
Kang Ji-eun as Park Ok-ran
A mysterious fan of Hui-jae who torments Dae-hwan.
Joo In-young as Yoo Sun-hae
Ko Do-yeon as young Sun-hae (Ep. 13)
A patient with dissociative identity disorder that she developed as a coping mechanism because of the troubled relationship with her father.
Others[edit]

Moon Gang-tae’s best friend, who follows him and Sang-tae whenever they move.
Choi Hee-jin as Moon Sang-tae and Moon Gang-tae’s mother
A single parent murdered over a decade ago under mysterious circumstances.

A best-selling novelist and Moon-young’s mother. She was emotionally abusive to Moon-young and is a big part of the reason why she is the way she is. She disappeared under mysterious circumstances over a decade before Moon-young meets Gang-tae again.
Special appearances[edit]

A patient at the hospital diagnosed with mania, who is the son of an assemblyman.

A patient at the hospital diagnosed with psychotic depression, which she developed after losing her daughter to a car accident.

Production[edit]
Development[edit]
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was created by Studio Dragon, written by Jo Yong, directed by Park Shin-woo, and produced by Story TV and Gold Medalist.[10] Jo Yong based the drama on her relationship with a man who had a personality disorder.[11][12] She developed Moon Sang-tae’s character by listening to the stories of people with autistic brothers and referred to the books recommended by the CEO of Bear Better, a social enterprise where people with developmental disabilities work.[13] Fashion director Cho Sang-kyung managed costumes, while fashion designer Minju Kim designed some of Ko Moon-young’s dresses.[14]

Casting[edit]
In the second half of 2019, Kim Soo-hyun considered It’s Okay to Not Be Okay to be his comeback drama following his obligatory military enlistment,[15] and his casting was confirmed by his agency in February 2020.[4] At the press conference for the drama he said that he joined the project after being drawn to its title and Moon Gang-tae’s character.[16] In the same month, Seo Yea-ji was confirmed to be cast as Ko Moon-young.[5] In March 2020, veteran actor Oh Jung-se accepted the role of Moon Sang-tae;[6] when asked about his character at the press conference, he commented that “autism isn’t an illness, but something you’re born with”.[17]

Filming[edit]
The filming was completed on July 31, 2020, without a wrap party out of concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic.[18] Filming locations for the drama included Cafe Sanida in Wonju, Gangwon, which provided the background for the “cursed castle”, completed with CGI effects,[19] and Secret Blue Cafe in Goseong County, Gangwon, which was transformed into OK Psychiatric Hospital for the shooting using props. Outside locations included streets and beaches in Goseong, as well as locations in Yangju (Gyeonggi) and Incheon.[20] Some of the furniture used in the drama were antiques and 100 to 200 years old.[21]

Tie-in literature[edit]
The five children’s storybooks that appeared in the drama were written by Jo Yong and illustrated by concept artist Jamsan.[22] They were published in Korean by Wisdom House in July and August 2020.[23] According to the Kyobo Book Centre and YES 24, all five books were listed in the top 20 bestselling books of the month.[22] Due to its popularity Kyobo Book Centre recorded a ninefold increase in the number of drama- and film-related books.[24] In 2021, all five books were translated by Woo Jae-Hyung into Brazilian Portuguese and published by Intrínseca in March and May.[25]

No.

Title (English translation)

Pages

Publication date

ISBN

1

The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares (악몽을 먹고 자란 소년)[a]

16

July 18, 2020

979-1-1909-0815-3

2

Zombie Kid (좀비아이)

24

July 13, 2020

979-1-1909-0816-0

3

The Dog of Spring Day (봄날의 개)

16

July 30, 2020

979-1-1909-0817-7

4

The Hand, the Monkfish (손, 아귀)

20

August 15, 2020

979-1-1909-0868-9

5

Finding the Real Faces (진짜 진짜 얼굴을 찾아서)

24

August 31, 2020

979-1-1909-0874-0

The series’ script, also illustrated by Jamsan, was published in two books; each covers eight episodes.[26]

No.

Title (English translation)

Pages

Publication date

ISBN

1

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 1 (사이코지만 괜찮아)

504

July 30, 2020

978-8-9315-8984-9

2

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 2 (사이코지만 괜찮아)

520

August 27, 2020

978-8-9315-8985-6

Soundtrack[edit]
It’s Okay to Not Be OkayReleasedAugust 9, 2020Length102:09LanguageLabel
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay soundtrack album executively written by music director Nam Hye-seung was digitally released on August 9, 2021.[27] It contains 16 songs (including singles) and 20 score pieces from the series.[28] It features vocal performances from Janet Suhh, Heize, Sam Kim, Park Won, Lee Su-hyun, Kim Feel, Cheeze, Yongzoo and Elaine.[27] Pre-orders for the physical version began on August 5, and was officially released on August 13.[29]
The physical version debuted at number fourteen on the weekly Gaon Album Chart for the week ending August 15,[30] and peaked at number ten the following week.[31]

Tracklist[edit]
Disc 1TitleArtist(s)1.”Sketch Book” (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Opening Title)Janet Suhh0:452.”You’re Cold” (더 많이 사랑한 쪽이 아프대; The One Who Loved You More Hurts)Heize3:543.”Breath” (숨)Sam Kim4:134.”My Tale”Park Won3:465.”In Your Time” (아직 너의 시간에 살아; I’m Still Living in Your Time)Lee Su-hyun4:286.”Hallelujah” (나도 모르는 노래; A Song I Don’t Know)Kim Feel4:277.”Little by Little” (너라서 고마워; Thank You For Being You)Cheeze4:268.”Puzzle” (퍼즐)Yongzoo3:559.”Wake Up”Elaine4:1410.”Got You”GA EUN3:1311.”Your Day” (feat. Kim Bom)Kim Ki-won1:5112.”In Silence”Janet Suhh3:2913.”I’m Your Psycho”Janet Suhh3:0914.”Lighting Up Your World”Janet Suhh3:3815.”Quelemente” (괜찮은 병원 체조송; OK Hospital Gymnastics Song)Lee Jong-soo, Na Byung-soo1:5716.”Song for Election” (선거송 [기호1번 권만수]; Election [Symbol No. 1 Kwon Man-soo])Funny J2:50Total length:54:02
Disc 2TitleArtist(s)1.”Sew Your Heart”Kim Kyung-hee3:242.”Brother (Gang-tae, Sang-tae’s Theme)”Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee3:353.”Her World (Moon-young’s Theme)” (그녀의 세계)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee3:234.”Destiny is Nothing” (운명이 별거)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee1:325.”Gang-tae & Jae-soo’s Speed Instinct” (강태와 재수의 질주본능)Kim Kyung-hee1:196.”Facing the Fate” (운명을 맞잡고)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee1:467.”River of Loneliness (Gang-tae’s Theme)” (외로움의 강)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee3:088.”On The Road, Left Alone” (혼자 남겨진 그 길 위에서)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee4:229.”Through The Dark Tunnel of Time” (어두운 시간의 터널을 지나다)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee3:1610.”Their Own World” (그들만의 세계)Lee So-young2:1211.”It’s Okay” (괜찮아)1:1812.”Woorunggakshi” (우렁각시)1:1513.”Rooftop March” (옥탑방 행진곡)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee0:5314.”Butterfly (Do Hui-jae’s Theme)” (나비)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee2:3415.”Jae-soo and Alberto” (재수와 알베르토)Nam Hye-seungJeon Jung-hoon0:4816.”A Hidden Heart” (감춰진 마음)Lee So-young3:0317.”Bluebeard” (푸른수염)Nam Hye-seungJeon Jung-hoon2:1718.”The Dusk of The City” (도시의 해질녘)Lee So-young3:5219.”For Ju-ri (For Elise Variation)” (주리를 위하여)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee1:2620.”Publishing Company SangsangESang” (상상이상 출판사)Nam Hye-seungPark Sang-hee2:44Total length:48:07
Singles[edit]

Reception[edit]
Commercial performance[edit]
According to the big data analytics firm Good Data Corporation,[b] It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was the most talked about drama online in South Korea for eight consecutive weeks.[34][35] It became a hot topic on social media when Oh spent a day with an autistic fan.[36] It also topped CJ E&M and AGB Nielsen Media Research’s Content Power Index (CPI)[c] report during its eight-week run[38] with its highest CPI of 373.2 in the first week of August;[39] it was the highest rated tvN drama of 2020 in CPI.[40] Smart Media Rep (SMR), which distributes VoD (video on demand) clips of major broadcasters to online platforms like Naver and YouTube, reported the drama had over 110 million cumulative views as of December 10, 2020.[41] An analysis performed by SMR found that the majority of viewers were in their 20s.[42]
Studio Dragon recorded its highest quarterly performance in the second quarter of 2020 with sales of ₩141.4 billion, which was attributed to the growth of overseas sales of major dramas including It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.[43] CJ ENM, parent company of tvN, found that operating profits for the third quarter of 2020 increased by 17.9% when compared to the same period of 2019, due to an increase in digital-related sales as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[44] Following the popularity of the drama, the outfits worn by Seo Yea-ji garnered attention[45] and raised the profile of Korean fashion designers and brands of earrings, handbag and nightwear.[46][47] When the soft toys, nightmare doll (Mang-tae) and dinosaur doll that were used in the drama were put on sale, the site quickly sold out.[48]

Critical response[edit]
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay largely received positive critical feedback, primarily for its unique premise, visual storytelling, acting by the cast and importance given to mental health.[49] Joan MacDonald of Forbes called it “the most visually appealing drama of 2020” and said, “Not only are the actors beautiful, but the drama’s graphics, cinematography and costumes are also gorgeous.”[50] Contributors to Manila Bulletin considered it “unafraid to introduce fresh elements” with necessary clichés in a romantic K-drama, and praised Moon-young as a “headstrong” and “independent woman”.[51] However, when the series debuted, culture critic Chung Deok-hyun was concerned that Moon-young’s “exaggerated words and actions” could decrease viewers’ immersion in the drama.[52] In the Filipino version of Cosmopolitan, Jacinda A. Lopez found that the “messages the drama was relaying are where the beauty truly lies”.[53] Rumaiysa M Rahman of Prothom Alo praised writing that “this drama makes people realise, societies should stop looking at those who seem different.”[54]
John Lui and Jan Lee of The Straits Times gave the drama a rating of 3.5/5 stars and said that Kim “pull[ed] off a sensitive portrayal of a young man whose life has been derailed by tragedy”.[55] The New York Times’ Mike Hale called Seo’s performance “mesmerizing” and made the drama work.[3] S. Poorvaja of The Hindu, praised Moon-Young as a character “excellently played by Seo Yea-ji”, but criticized the writing, saying that “the show could have gone into more nuance – especially after the character was marketed as someone having Anti-Social Personality disorder”. Poorvaja also said that the show’s portrayal of a person with autism spectrum disorder was good, commenting that “Oh Jung-se’s Moon Sang-tae is perhaps the show’s biggest victory.”[56][8] Edmund Lee from South China Morning Post gave a rating of 3/5 stars, pointing out that the series would disappoint “detective fiction fans” because of the limited explanation of mystery surrounding the murder.[57] Kim Jae-Ha of Teen Vogue described the storyline as “vigorous” and said, “The series finale offers hope and a sense of peace. But it will also make even the most stoic viewers tear up.”[58]

Sexually inappropriate scenes[edit]
The series was criticized on social media and the Korea Communications Standards Commission received over 50 formal complaints, largely for a scene in which Moon-young overtly stares and touches Gang-tae’s body as he gets dressed.[59] In another scene a male character, who suffers from manic depression and exhibitionism, reveals parts of his body, with his genitals being covered by a drawing of an elephant. Some viewers defended these scenes as ways of expressing the characters’ personalities.[60]
On August 26, 2020, the broadcast censorship body issued a legal sanction to the television series for sexually inappropriate scenes in episode three, judging it to be against the broadcast deliberation regulations. It cited Article 27, on duties of integrity, and Article 30, on gender equality. The subcommission gave the reasoning: “Even considering the fact that they were meant to exaggeratedly express a character’s personality, (the scenes in question) show how insensitive the drama’s producers are to gender equality in broadcasting content that may belittle a certain gender and hold the possibility to justify sexual harassment and molestation.”[61]

Viewership[edit]
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay was the most popular show of 2020 on Netflix in South Korea in its romance genre.[2] It was the most popular Korean drama series on Netflix in Taiwan,[62] and the “most enduring Korean drama” in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, being in Netflix’s top 10 list for more than 100 days.[63] The series was also one of the most popular Korean dramas of 2020 on Netflix in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and South Africa.[64]
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay aired on tvN, which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS). The series logged 6.1% in viewership for its first episode on Saturday but dropped to 4.7% for the next one.[65] The series maintained its ratings in 4–6% range throughout its run and received audience acclaim, with its final episode recording 7.4% in nationwide ratings, becoming the “highest viewership rating among tvN dramas” at that point of time.[66]

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)SeasonEpisode numberAverage1234567891011121314151611.6801.2471.4281.4001.4071.7011.5721.5841.5651.6331.7581.6941.7041.6831.7592.0651.618Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Korea.[67]

Average TV viewership ratings

Ep.

Part

Original broadcast date

Title[nb 1][68]

Average audience share(Nielsen Korea)[69]

Nationwide
Seoul

1

June 20, 2020

“The Boy Who Fed On Nightmares”[nb 2]

6.093% (1st)

7.036% (1st)

2

June 21, 2020

“The Lady In Red Shoes”[nb 3]

4.722% (1st)

5.474% (1st)

3

June 27, 2020

“Sleeping Witch”[nb 4]

5.940% (1st)

6.529% (1st)

4

June 28, 2020

“Zombie Kid”[nb 5]

4.942% (1st)

6.000% (1st)

5

1

July 4, 2020

“Rapunzel and the Cursed Castle”[nb 6]

4.661% (2nd)

5.285% (2nd)

2

5.248% (1st)

5.782% (1st)

6

1

July 5, 2020

“Bluebeard’s Secret”[nb 7]

5.056% (2nd)

5.114% (2nd)

2

5.647% (1st)

5.748% (1st)

7

1

July 11, 2020

“The Cheerful Dog”[nb 8]

5.054% (2nd)

5.434% (2nd)

2

5.555% (1st)

5.753% (1st)

8

1

July 12, 2020

“Beauty and the Beast”[nb 9]

4.744% (2nd)

5.160% (2nd)

2

5.634% (1st)

6.407% (1st)

9

1

July 18, 2020

“The King Has Donkey Ears”[nb 10]

4.995% (2nd)

5.416% (2nd)

2

5.814% (1st)

6.501% (1st)

10

1

July 19, 2020

“The Girl Who Cried Wolf”[nb 11]

4.212% (2nd)

4.669% (2nd)

2

5.481% (1st)

5.995% (1st)

11

1

July 25, 2020

“The Ugly Duckling”[nb 12]

4.552% (2nd)

4.681% (2nd)

2

5.681% (1st)

5.661% (1st)

12

1

July 26, 2020

“Romeo and Juliet”[nb 13]

5.145% (2nd)

5.597% (2nd)

2

5.264% (1st)

6.108% (1st)

13

1

August 1, 2020

“The Father of the Two Sisters”[nb 14]

4.794% (2nd)

5.155% (2nd)

2

5.696% (1st)

6.151% (1st)

14

1

August 2, 2020

“The Hand, The Monkfish”[nb 15]

5.403% (2nd)

6.042% (2nd)

2

5.947% (1st)

6.654% (1st)

15

1

August 8, 2020

“The Tale of Two Brothers”[nb 16]

5.567% (2nd)

6.198% (2nd)

2

6.492% (1st)

7.365% (1st)

16

1

August 9, 2020

“Finding The Real Face”[nb 17]

6.224% (2nd)

7.296% (2nd)

2

7.348% (1st)

8.535% (1st)

Average

5.425%

6.025%

In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Starting from July 4, 2020, each episode was aired in two parts.
This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC, and EBS).

Accolades[edit]

Listicles[edit]

Adaptation[edit]

In December 2023, it was announced that a Filipino adaptation of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay will be produced and is set to premiere in 2024.[85][86]

^ Though The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares was published after Zombie Kid, it is listed by the publisher as the first book of the series.

^ A TV analysis agency, analyzing netizens’ reactions from news articles, blogs/communities, videos and SNS.[34]

^ The CPI is a weekly-based measurement of every television program in South Korea developed by CJ E&M and research firm Nielsen Korea. Unlike existing viewers’ ratings indexes that measure the number of television viewers using their home TV sets, the CPI monitors more detailed variables, including numbers of mobile and Internet streaming viewers and online “buzz” in social media.[37]

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