Is "Sing-Off" the Most Important Show on TV?

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Judges Ben Folds and Jewel are geared up for a two-week a capella showdown.

Dec 9, 2013 | 06:44 PM

Ben Folds and Jewel have been counting down the days until tonight's premiere of NBC's "The Sing-Off" (8 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST). Along with Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), Ben and Jewel will judge the two-week capella competition—that's all singing, no instruments—culminating in a two-hour finale on December 23.

It's no secret that TV is having somewhat of a musical moment, so in many ways, this short, seven-episode singing competition feels like a natural fit for the holiday season. But TIME thinks "The Sing-Off" might just be the most important show on television:

"[I]t lays no claims to world-blowing spectacle or to creating the next international music celebrity....Instead, it does one modest thing well, and that’s an important thing for TV to do, whether drama, comedy, or reality."

Consider our interest piqued. What do you think? Catch tonight's premiere and let us know in the comments.

Ben Folds
Ben Folds - Countdown to NBC THE SING OFF Dec 9th; me, Jewel, Shawn Stockman - photo du jour courtesy of benfoldsphotography.com

Countdown to NBC THE SING OFF Dec 9th; me, Jewel, Shawn Stockman - photo du jour courtesy of benfoldsphotography.com

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Ben Folds - Countdown 2 Sing Off. buttload of singers w/no instruments gather for opening number #SingOff - benfoldsphotography.com

Countdown 2 Sing Off. buttload of singers w/no instruments gather for opening number #SingOff - benfoldsphotography.com

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Ben Folds - old school photo #NoFilter #NoInstruments #NoNet #SingOff it's in 24hrs all you cappella nerds! benfoldsphotography.com

old school photo #NoFilter #NoInstruments #NoNet #SingOff it's in 24hrs all you cappella nerds! benfoldsphotography.com

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Ben Folds - A brief break from today's #singoff posts to share a Christmas/Dog photo. He doesn't have social media accounts-prefers to remain anonymous

A brief break from today's #singoff posts to share a Christmas/Dog photo. He doesn't have social media accounts-prefers to remain anonymous

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