and I was never a big fan of the actors,
I have heard some criticism of the show, but never this. I know it's your opinion, one I vehemently disagree with, but you are SO in the minority on this particular issue. The show got recognition for it's actors from season 1.
Cranston picked up his first Best Actor in a Drama Emmy after a strike shortened 8 episode season
. He then won two more. Aaron Paul won two Best Supporting, and Anna Gunn finally got a much deserved Best Supporting. This doesn't even count the SAG and Golden Globe acting awards.
The Emmy voters weren't too sure about the writing in prior seasons either apparentely, but they knew the acting was beyond superb from the start.