You don't record from a TV. You have to have a source to record from, cable, antenna, etc.
(1) Off-the-air - Set up your antenna - Run the cable from the antenna, to the VCR - Run a round phono plug from VCR's Video Out to TV's Video In (to get a picture) - Turn on VCR - Select Channel on VCR - Press record on VCR
(2) Cable TV - Run the cable directly to the VCR - Run a round phono plug from VCR's Video Out to TV's Video In (to get a picture) - Turn on VCR - Select Channel on VCR - Press record on VCR
NOTE: I've vastly over-simplied this, but this will at least get you started & recording.
It's been many years since I recorded TV shows on a VCR. Would someone please assist me with the absolute basics? I've got a Zenith TV, Model SS2025Y; and a Phillips Magnavox VCR, VR2222AT22. (The connections are all correct; I can play rented movies.) I remember that the TV needs to be on Channel 4 (not 3). But here we go: How do I get a menu on screen? How do I program VCR for the particular channel of show I want (since the TV is necessarily set on Ch 4 to operationalize whole deal)? Once I've designated the show to record, once or weekly, do I turn off power on both TV and VCR? Or only on TV? Finally, assuming I succeed in recording several shows on a tape, how do I find a given show fast? As I recall, I used to have to fast forward endlessly to FIND the show I wanted, because the equipment was not functioning properly (really, I think it wasn't--however, I suppose it COULD have been a malfunction of my brain). I.e., how do you code the show and zip to it when you put the tape in? I assume you can pull up a list of recordings you've done--but how? So I need steps 1,2,3 etc. Any person generous enough to take the time to answer these Little Kid Questions (kind of like one level above asking "How do I go about breathing--can someone tell me?") must be patient indeed, and I thank you in advance. (By the way, I have a Ph.D.--honestly! But, as you can tell, it's in a human development area, not physics. We deal with the "hard-wired" aspects of personality only as metaphor, right? Unless I'm confused about that!) Cheers.