I guess I'm speaking objectively outside the boards. Your right that in the fandom Season 1 gets more love here.By the fandom? I honestly don't think so, since joining the boards I've realized that most of us appreciate episodes from S1.
Outside the fandom? Hell yeah, people assume that S1 is the worst of the show and have a hard time moving past it enough to watch the rest of it.
I don't agree about S4, I think you have to have actually watched the show to criticize that season, since based on appearances it's much the same as the other seasons. But S1, being a bit campy and such in comparison, gets a bad rep. It also gets that because when people try to watch the show, they of course start with S1 and if they don't like it, they don't move past it. So they're stuck badmouthing what little they've seen, and that, as mentioned, is S1.I guess I'm speaking objectively outside the boards. Your right that in the fandom Season 1 gets more love here.
But outside the fandom/superfans I'd say Season 1 and Season 4 get the most criticism for Buffy.