Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. His longest novel, Moby-Dick won recognition in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.
- Two whales named Molly and Melville appeared in episode 519 of The Muppet Show, singing "Friendship" with Kermit and Robin.
- A poster for one of the musicals purportedly produced by Martin Price in The Muppets Take Manhattan is called "Ahab!"
- Professor Grover reads the opening line of Moby-Dick in a "libro" he uses in a Spanish Word of the Day sketch.
- Animal spoofed Melville's Moby-Dick (with a whale) in an installment of Animal Theatre on Muppets.com.
- In the "Elmo the Musical" segment "Sea Captain the Musical," Elmo and his chicken crew sail the ocean, looking for the great, pink whale, Moby Pink.