I spent several years trying to watch SG-1 and never managing to do anything but loathe it. A year ago, my sister in law nagged and bugged me to give it another chance and I forced myself to sit through the entire first two seasons of it... then I stopped watching TV altogether for two months.
Two days ago I watched the first two episodes of SGU on netflix. I was pleased to discover that it was NOT as horrible as SG-1, and it almost makes me forgot how Stargate Atlantis brutally sodomized my eyeballs.
All in all, it is probably the best Stargate spinoff ever produced. In which case, it's probably a good thing the franchise finally died.