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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay)

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay): Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji

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General Information

  • International Title: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
  • Original Title: 사이코지만 괜찮아 (romanization: Saikojiman Gwaenchanha)
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, Psychology
  • Airing Date: 2020.06.20 ~ 2020.08.09
  • Airing Slot: Saturday & Sunday 21:00 KST
  • Broadcasting Channel: tvN
  • International Distributor: Netflix
  • Starring: Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji
  • Director: Park Shin Woo
  • Writer: Jo Yong
  • Highest Rating: 7.348% (Nationwide)
  • Awards: 2021 (57th) Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Oh Jung Se)


It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay) portrays unusual romantic story between a psychiatric caretaker Moon Gang Tae and an author Ko Moon Young. Ko Moon Young is a popular writer of children books who has antisocial personality disorder. Besides, she is very selfish and tends to show her arrogance. Meanwhile, Moon Gang Tae lives with autistic brother, Moon Sang Tae. They are used to be nomadic due to Gang Tae’s trauma about their mother’s murder. Later, Gang Tae, Sang Tae, and Moon Young meet in Seongjin City where they used to spend their childhood. They get emotionally closer, comfort, and heal each other until they unveil the dark past secret.

Main Cast

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Character name: Moon Gang Tae
Actor name: Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun’s notable works: The Producers, My Love From the Star, The Moon Embracing The Sun, Dream High, Will It Snow For Christmas?

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Character name: Ko Moon Young
Actress name: Seo Ye Ji
Seo Ye Ji’s notable works: Lawless Lawyer, Save Me, Hwarang, Moorim School, Potato Star 2013QR3

Extended Cast

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae
Kim Joo Hun as Lee Sang In
Park Gyu Young as Nam Ju Ri
Park Jin Joo as Yoo Seung Jae
Kim Chang Wan as Oh Ji Wang
Kim Mi Kyung as Kang Sun Deok
Jang Young Nam as Park Haeng Ja
Jang Gyu Ri as Sun Byul
Seo Jun as Kwon Min Seok
Choi Woo Sung as Oh Cha Yong
Jung Jae Kwang as Joo Jeong Tae
Lee Eol as Ko Dae Hwan
Kim Ki Cheon as Kang Pil Ong
Kang Ji Eun as Park Ok Ran
Ji Hye Won as Lee Ah Reum
Kang Ki Doong as Jo Jae Soo
Choi Hee Jin as Gang Tae and Sang Tae’s mother
Jang Young Nam as Do Hui Jae

Cameo & Special Appearances

Kwak Dong Yeon as Kwon Ki Do (Ep. 3, 4, 16)
Bae Hae Sun as Kang Eun Ja (Ep. 4-7, 16)
Jung Sang Hoon as motel owner (Ep. 5)
Choi Daniel as CEO (EP. 8)

Character Relationship Chart

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Moon Gang Tae and Ko Moon Young are the centers of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay) character. Moon Gang Tae is a psychiatric ward caretaker who lives with his autistic brother Moon Sang Tae. Both are nomadic due to Gang Tae’s trauma about his mother’s death. Meanwhile, Ko Moon Young is children’s book author with antisocial personality disorder. Sang Tae is a fan of Moon Young’s books. Accidentally, Gang Tae and Moon Young meet each other and Moon Young has romantic obsession for Gang Tae. Meanwhile, Nam Ju Ri is Gang Tae’s co-worker who has crush on him. Later, Gang Tae, Sang Tae, and Moon Young get emotionally closer. Furthermore, they heal each other, find comforts, and surprisingly unveil the dark past that already connects them.

Original Soundtrack

“You’re Cold (더 많이 사랑한 쪽이 아프대)” by Heize
“Breath (숨)” by Sam Kim
“My Tale” by Park Won
“In Your Time” by Lee Suhyun
“Hallelujah” by Kim Feel
“Little By Little” by Cheeze
“Puzzle” by Yongzoo

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Trailer Videos

Trailer 1
Trailer 2
Teaser 1
Teaser 2

Awards & Nominations

57th Baeksang Arts Awards – May 13, 2021

  • Best Supporting Actor (Television): Oh Jung Se
  • Technical Award (Costume design): Cho Sang Kyung

7th APAN Star Awards – January 23, 2021

5th Asia Artist Awards – November 28, 2020

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay Trivia

  • It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay) becomes the nominee at 49th International Emmy Awards for Best TV Movie or Miniseries
  • This drama becomes Netflix’s Top 10 list for over 100 days
  • It receives positive feedback from international media such as Forbes, The Straits Times, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, etc
  • The positive feedback generally comes for its unique premise bringing up mental health issue and its visual storytelling
  • It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Psycho But It’s Okay) takes over tvN drama When My Love Blooms time slot on Saturday and Sunday

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