Hi William and welcome to JustAnswer,Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only...Initially, bear with us; re-confirm and post back with the complete model number of the VCR.
Appreciate the additional information.
Do the VCR's tape counter works if playing a VHS tape?
Have you checked and/or replaced the yellow + red & white RCA-to-RCA cables?
And inserted the RCA plugs to the correct jacks of both the TV and the VCR?
Does pressing on the TV's INPUT button display the different selections of external sources? What are these pls? AV present? ...and tried?
Great! Good to hear that the issue has been resolved, congratulations.
Glad that the above information / checks served your purpose and would appreciate a Positive Rating and/or an Accept (if haven't done so).