Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a 20th century surrealist painter most famous for his "melting clocks" painting, The Persistence of Memory.
- He was spoofed on Sesame Street with a character named Salvador Dada, a French artist who appeared in a sketch with Biff in Season 6.
- Dalí was also referenced in a scene in the 1975 pilot The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence. The clocks on the wall of the main production room show the times in various cities in one scene; in another scene, the clocks have changed to a cubist "Picasso" clock, a melting "Dalí" clock, and a blank "Anonymous" clock.
- In the Muppet Babies episode "The Weirdo Zone", Baby Gonzo shows the babies what his version of weird is. Dalí-like imagery is used to illustrate what Gonzo calls the Weird Zone.
- The Cookie Thief features a spoof of Dalí's The Persistence of Memory, titled The Persistence of Cookies.
- The melted clock dangling on the tree branch in The Persistence of Memory appears in an Alphaquest segment as a "wilted watch."
- Cookie Monster admires the famous Persistence of Cookie at the Museum of Monster Art in the 2015 storybook All Aboard!