Beast Wars is probably the best Transformers cartoon, despite the dated CGI. But yeah, the first season is pretty rocky. The series didn't really get good until toward the end of Season 1.
The sequel, Beast Machines, is... well, not really that good. It had a lot of work put into it, had interesting concepts.. but the problem is it's a sequel to Beast Wars written by a completely different writing staff. I feel like a lot of the problems could have been fixed if they set it in the same universe but starred new characters.
Anyway, there are some rumors going around about a possible live-action Beast Wars movie, If true... can't say I'm excited.