now I'm confused, if you have cable why do you have a cable box?
"Normally" cable TV needs a cable box. Depending on the TV what you get by hooking the cable directly to the back of the TV will vary. The minimum would be only those channels between cable 2 and cable 13 that are non-digital and not scrambled and only when the TV is setup for NTSC (as opposed to ATSC). If the TV has a CATV tuner setting in addition to NTSC and ATSC then you may get a number of other unscrambled channeles.
(One morning on WRKO Radio) The tub's not clean! Let's remodel the bathroom.
(One afternoon on WRKO Radio) It's time for an oil change. I'm going to trade in the car for next year's model.