Enjoy it while it lasts.
So you STOPPED watching because it's a downer? I don't understand this at all. Maybe I just like really depressing shit?
I don't really consider it a downer. There's some dark shit, but overall it's pretty exhilarating.
There was so much dark and so little light that it started to feel like a gimmick. Between Tuco, Jane, everything else on the show, and then Skyler finding the SECRET CELL PHONE ICING ON THE CAKE, it just became irritating, like the writers were pushing all of the buttons at once. I like dark shit as much as the next guy, and I know examining the nature of evil is the central theme of the show, but maybe throwing in SOMETHING for Walter or Jesse to be happy about that won't also kill them could make the darkness more effective in contrast, instead of it feeling like a solid concrete block of cynicism. Like how a hero's only as good as his villain is bad, and vice-versa. But I might try it again and find that I'm completely wrong, now that more of it's on Netflix. And I, er, also liked the Battlestar Galactica ending, so take from that whatever you want.
I've never rewatched any of it but the pilot, but I remember season 2 being especially dark for whatever reason. Not that it ever becomes a lighter show after that, but that season stands out in my mind as being really hard to watch. Jesse really took it in the face for a while.