I had the exact same experience – in light of Jeff’s advice, I might try to get her to give it another go.
Funny enough, the same thing happened with Star Trek TNG. Hadn’t seen it since I was a kid, wanted to show it to my kids, and the first few episodes were junk. Just like this, I saw an article online shortly thereafter that said to skip ahead to a particular later episode (somewhere in the middle of S2 I think?) and just pretend the earlier ones never happened.