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 the Great Recession of 2008 hit investors, shifting the way they view the market.
During that time, the downturn ravaged many big companies, especially financial companies, while there was a dramatic decline in economic activity.
"That era changed things, and it changed me. It changed the show," Cramer said.