Samuel Beckett is an Irish novelist, playwright, and poet. His work has been referenced multiple times in the Arthur series:
- The name of the episode "Waiting to Go" references Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." It's plot is also basically the same: two characters are waiting endlessly for someone.
- In "Muffy's Art Attack," upon Ed Crosswire's decision to buy a kinetic sculpture, Machine with Wishbone, Mr. Ratburn notes that "it brings to mind the tragicomic works of Samuel Beckett, a tiny figure forever yoked to its burden of authority.
- Mr. Ratburn's two fish are named Vladimir and Estragon. These names are also the names of the main characters in "Waiting for Godot."