Every night, Jim Cramer goes on "Mad Money" with the mission to help people become better investors. In the past 11 years of the show, the evolution of that mission has transformed to match the surrounding environment.
The show first began as an outgrowth of Cramer's radio show called "Real Money." At that time, people were craving specific investment ideas. Everything changed when investors were hit with the Great Recession, which shifted the way investors viewed the market.
During that time, there were many big companies that were destroyed by the downturn, especially financial companies, along with the dramatic decline in economic activity.
"That era changed things, and it changed me. It changed the show," the "Mad Money" host said.