Oh, same. We just finished True Detective and thought it was good but no House of Cards … which is great, but no UK House of Cards!
House Of Cards US splits away from the UK version pretty quickly though. We initially tried to watch it just after finishing the UK one and it just collapsed under that scrutiny. Once enough time had passed and we could watch it on its own merits it was much better. As long as you accept Spacey doesn’t have Francis Urquhart’s twinkle in the eye and he’s a different sort of bastard (frankly, less clever), it’s a fascinating watch.
His wife is actually far more three dimensional than Urquhart’s, too.
You’re right about Walter White, but Breaking Bad was one where we couldn’t get to the end, because it was so unremittingly depressing. Everyone seeming to make decisions that would betray those closest to them at every turn, when there were clear alternative options. Like Eastenders with higher production values. I enjoyed the Shakespearian levels of betrayal, but it was sad watching, that didn’t grip us like The Wire or Battlestar. But I know I’m in the minority on that one…