I love DS9.
Going back to TNG I've grown to love some of the "boring" episodes I didn't like when I was a kid. Episodes like the one where he lives the entire life of a man on a dying planet in the breadth of a second because an ancient probe scanned him. Or the now famous cult episode of Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.
Posers. My folks and I have always held the Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra episode as one of the better ones. Good enough to warrant reading The Epic of Gilgamesh for (and not because of Final Fantasy).
That said, my efforts to rewatch DS9 kinda fizzled out after about 2/3s of the way through the first season. And though part of it was due to the difficulty of finding an hour or so to myself to watch it, the first season is pretty long and boring and was definitely lacking the beard by that point.